Unidentified drone kills three fighters in Deir ez-Zor: SOHR

SOHR reported on Monday morning that an unidentified drone targeted Iran-backed groups in Deir ez-Zor, Syria.
Syrian army ranks have been depleted by half by years of conflict. (Photo: AFP)
Syrian army ranks have been depleted by half by years of conflict. (Photo: AFP)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) on Tuesday morning reported that an unidentified drone reportedly killed three Syrians affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The war monitor SOHR reported a four-wheel military vehicle of the IRGC was targeted in the desert near Al-Sukareyah town north-west of Al-Bukamal city within areas controlled by the Syrian government and Iran-backed armed groups.

In the past, both US and Israeli war planes have targeted Iran-backed armed groups in Deir ez-Zor. But thus far, neither has claimed the drone strike.

The drone attack comes amidst the ongoing war between Hamas and the Israel Defense Forces, with Iran-backed groups retaliating against  US support for Israel by targeting its airbases and installations in Iraq and Syria.

Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder, Pentagon Press Secretary, told reporters on Dec. 14 that “we'll continue to take appropriate actions to protect those forces and also deter future attacks.”

A Pentagon official told Kurdistan24 on Dec. 15 that Iran-backed armed groups have carried out a total of 98 attacks on US forces, with 46 occurring in Iraq and 52 in Syria since Oct. 17.

On Nov. 29, the US Treasury Department sanctioned 20 persons and entities for facilitating financial transactions for Iran’s IRGC and other military institutions of the country.

“The IRGC-QF [Quds Forces] and MODAFL [Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics] continue to engage in illicit finance schemes to generate funds to fan conflict and spread terror throughout the region,” said US Treasury official Brian E. Nelson at the time.

Editing by Dastan Muwaffaq