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ISIS Claims Its Cells Shelled U.S.-led Coalition Base In Northeast Syria

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ISIS claimed on December 26 that its cells in Syria’s northeastern region had shelled a large U.S.-led coalition base.

The terrorist group’s news agency, Amaq, said that the shelling targeted a large U.S. base in the town of al-Shaddadi in the southern al-Hasakah countryside.

“The shelling targeted helicopters landing strip, ammo depots, a fuel station and buildings used by the international coalition as housing for its soldiers and working offices,” a source in the terrorist group told Amaq.

ISIS said that the attack was carried out with nine Katyusha rockets. The terrorist group usually uses the name of the Soviet rocket to refer to variants of 107 mm rockets.

The targeted base hosts dozens of U.S. service members as well as at least eight helicopters. The base guards the al-Jibsah gas factory and the al-Shaddadi oil fields, both controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

ISIS Claims Its Cells Shelled U.S.-led Coalition Base In Northeast Syria

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According to Amaq, the attack on the U.S. base was carried out in the framework of the ongoing military campaign to avenge the death of the terrorist group’s leader, Abu Baker al-Baghdadi, and the group’s spokesman, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir.

ISIS claims are yet to be verified by any local source. The U.S.-led coalition has not commented on these claims, either.

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