On April 7 afternoon, a large explosion rocked the US-led coalition’s base in al-Omar oil fields in the southeastern countryside of Syria’s Deir Ezzor.
The explosion took place less than 24 hours after an indirect fire attack that targeted the exact same base, which is known as the Green Village. The attack wounded two American service members.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the new explosion was either the result of a live-fire exercise by the US-led coalition, or a new indirect fire attack on the base.
While no side has yet claimed responsibility for the attack on the Green Village base, Kurdish sources said that Iranian-backed forces were responsible.
Iranian-backed Syrian and Iraqi forces are present in the government-held part of Deir Ezzor, just a few kilometers across the Euphrates River from al-Omar oil fields. The US-led coalition reportedly responded to the indirect fire attack by shelling several positions of Iranian-backed forces. However, no losses were reported.
The US-led coalition may escalate further against Iranian-backed forces in Deir Ezzor, if they were indeed responsible for the attack on its base.
The attack on the Green Village was not the first of its kind. Earlier this year, a series of attacks with rockets and drones targeted several bases of the US-led coalition in northeastern Syria. Iranian-backed forces were unofficially blamed for most of these attacks.