Rockets reportedly target US base in northeast Syria

American troops have apparently been targeted in the Middle East for the first time since February amid Israel-Iran tensions

At least five rockets were reportedly fired at an American base in northeastern Syria, according to two unnamed Iraqi security officials cited by Reuters on Sunday. The projectiles were said to have been launched from the town of Zummar in northwestern Iraq. Reuters did not specify if there were any casualties.
Iranian-backed militias had halted their attacks against US military installations in the region in February, after Washington launched retaliatory airstrikes on dozens of targets in Iraq and Syria. Militants reportedly launched rockets and drones against US forces in the Middle East more than 150 times between last October, when the Israel-Hamas war started, and February, capped by an attack that killed three Americans and wounded 40 others at an outpost in Jordan.
Sunday’s attack allegedly involved a rocket launcher mounted on a small truck, Reuters said. An Iraqi army officer reportedly said the truck caught fire in an explosion from unfired rockets and was apparently hit in an airstrike, possibly by US forces. The unidentified militants fled the area in another vehicle.

The incident reportedly came one day after a fatal blast at an Iraqi military command post north of Baghdad. The explosion allegedly killed one member of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) and injured eight other people. US and Israeli military officials both denied having any involvement in the blast. There were no drones or warplanes in the airspace around the command post at the time of the explosion, the Iraqi army reportedly said.
The uptick in violence reportedly followed a week in which Iran and Israel traded largely ineffective aerial attacks on each other. Iran’s April 13 drone and missile launches against Israel were said to be for the April 1 bombing of the Iranian consulate in Syria. The consulate attack allegedly killed 16 people, including two Iranian generals and five other officers.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani reportedly returned home on Saturday from his trip to the US, where he met with President Joe Biden at the White House. He also allegedly made a stop in Michigan to meet with Arab American leaders.