US troops withdrew from two military bases in Syria’s north-eastern province of Hasakah yesterday following the previous night’s missile strikes by Iran on US bases in Iraq in retaliation for the assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani.
According to local sources American forces left from a base in Kharab Al-Jir area and moved towards the Al-Walid crossing near the Iraqi-Syrian border in a caravan of 40 military trucks, with at least 50 more evacuating another base in Shaddadi towards Houl, east of Hasakah.
Dozens of ballistic missiles targeted the Ain Al-Assad Air Base in Iraq’s western Anbar province in addition to an airbase in Erbil located in northern Iraq. In a preliminary assessment, the Pentagon has denied that there were any American fatalities or causalities, whilst Iranian state media has reported that some 80 US troops were killed with 200 others wounded.
Source: Middle East Monitor.