On September 30, a large explosion rocked a base of the US-led coalition located near the town of al-Shaddadi in the southern countryside of al-Hasakah in northeastern Syria.
Sputnik’s reporter in Syria said that the explosion was the result of a rocket attack that targeted the administration building of al-Jbsah oil fields. US troops are known to be deployed there. A large cloud of smoke was seen rising from the fields.
Some local sources dismissed Sputink’s report. The sources claimed that the US-led coalition carried out a controlled explosion near al-Shaddadi to destroy mines, improvised explosive devices and other war remnants.
The Hawar News Agency, which is affiliated with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, reported the explosion without elaborating. This suggests that the explosion was not planned.
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If Sputnik’s report is confirmed, this will be the second attack on US troops in northeastern Syria this month. On September 8, precision-guided munitions struck a US-led coalition base in the outskirts of al-Shaddadi. The attack caused material losses. Nevertheless, no casualties were reported.
Iranian-backed Syrian and Iraqi forces were likely behind the September 8 attack. In July, the forces launched a series of attacks with drones and rockets on coalition bases in Deir Ezzor.
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