A Syrian pro-government group known as the Popular Resistance in the Eastern Region (PR-ER) has claimed responsibility for the recent rocket attack on U.S. troops in Deir Ezzor.
Three small Katyusha rockets landed in the vicinity of the CONICO gas plant, where U.S. forces maintain a base, in the late hours of August 18. The U.S. military confirmed the incident without reporting any losses.
The PR-ER said in a statement that the rocket strike was response to an earlier attack by U.S. forces at a Syrian Arab Army checkpoint near the village of Tal al-Dhahab in the northern al-Hasakah countryside.
The U.S. attack left a Syrian service member, Malik Muhammad al-Muhaimid, dead and injured at least two others.
“We promise you, what’s coming is greater … A land you entered alive, we promise you will only leave in pieces,” the PR-ER said in its statement.
The PR-ER was established more than two years ago with the aim of fighting U.S. forces and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in northeastern Syria. The group has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks on U.S. troops since its formation.
The Syrian intelligence is reportedly behind the Popular Resistance. President Bashar al-Assad recently vowed to support those willing to fight U.S. occupation in northeastern Syria. This will likely lead to more tensions in the region.
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