The April 7 attack on the US-led coalition’s Green Village base in northeaster Syria was the result of sabotage and not indirect fire, the coalition announced on April 15.
The attack, which was the first to target US-led coalition forces in northeastern Syria in more than three months, wounded at least four American service members. Initially, Kurdish sources blamed Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its allies in Syria for the attack.
“On April 7, Combined Joint Task Force — Inherent Resolve officials announced an indirect fire attack on Green Village in eastern Syria. Upon further investigation, OIR officials assess the explosions in Green Village were not the result of indirect fire but rather the deliberate placement of explosive charges by an unidentified individual(s) at an ammunition holding area and shower facility,” the coalition said in a statement.
The coalition added that the attack is still under investigation, promising to share further details as they become available.
Following the attack, the US-led coalition reinforced the Green Village base and another base at the nearby Conoco gas field with additional weapons, loads of ammunition as well as new military equipment.
If Iranian-backed forces were indeed responsible for the attack, the US-led coalition will likely respond with strikes on Syria.
The attack on the Green Village base highlights the growing threats facing US forces in Syria. Despite this, the US appears to be determined to keep its forces in the war-torn country for the long term under the pretext of fighting ISIS remnants.