US forces have faced a recent surge in attacks in Iraq and Syria, with a total of 58 attacks on American troops since October 17, according to the Pentagon.
In response to concerns about the Pentagon’s response, Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh stated that they are not waiting for a service member to be killed before taking more decisive action.
Nearly 60 US service members have been injured during these attacks, which escalated following the US deployment of troops and assets to the Middle East after a significant attack on Israel by Hamas on October 7, as reported by Al Arabia.
The US has publicly responded three times to these attacks, with Singh defending their actions by stating that the attacks have been “unsuccessful” and have not caused “significant injury” to service members.
While some service members have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI), all have returned to duty, according to Singh.
In the latest US retaliatory strike, a warehouse and training facility utilized by Iran-backed militias and fighters in Syria were utterly destroyed. This action underscores the ongoing tensions and military engagements in the region as the US responds to threats posed by these groups.
Despite enduring more than 30 attacks in Iraq, the United States has refrained from responding within Iraqi territory against the fighters and militants supported by Iran.
Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh contends that the US has effectively conveyed its message to Iran through other means, suggesting a strategic approach to managing the situation without escalating hostilities within Iraq.