Drone and Rocket Strikes Injure 30 US Service Members

A U.S. official has confirmed that 30 U.S. soldiers have been injured in recent weeks by rocket and drone attacks on the Middle East.

The full extent of the injuries was not immediately obvious. A defense official confirmed that several servicemen had suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and they all returned to duty.

Following more than 12 attacks on American troops over the past week coalition forces led the United States began live-fire exercises at military bases in Iraq and Syria.

The Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve has announced that ground operations to “maintain crew proficiency and readiness” will be held in or around al-Hasakah in Syria and Khalidiyah, Iraq.

CJTF-OIR published an announcement that stated: “On October 25th, 2023, Coalition Service Members are going to conduct ground operational exercise near or within the al-Hasakah Region of Syria to maintain crew readiness and proficiency, and to validate weapons systems.” In another, similar, notice, the coalition forces will be conducting “base defense exercises and operational exercises in or near the Khalidiyah region in Iraq to maintain crew readiness and proficiency.”

The U.S. military in the Middle East was attacked 14 times between Oct. 17-24 – 11 in Iraq and three in Syria. The attacks were a mix of drones and rockets.