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Death Toll from US Strikes on Pro-Iran Targets in Syria Rises to 19 Fighters, Says Monitor

 

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The death toll in US air strikes on pro-Iran installations in eastern Syria has risen to 19 fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, said on Saturday.
 
The observatory said that toll was from the initial US response to a drone attack on Thursday on a US military position in Syria that killed one American contractor and wounded another contractor and five troops.
 
 
Reuters was unable to independently confirm the toll.
 
 
In wake of the attack, President Joe Biden on Friday warned Iran that the United States would "act forcefully" to protect Americans.
 
 
The Pentagon had said US F-15 jets on Thursday attacked two facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
 
 
Iran's state Press TV said no Iranians had been killed and quoted local sources as saying the target was not an Iran-aligned military post, but that a rural development center and a grain center near a military airport had been hit.
 

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