An airstrike on the Iraqi-Syrian border and inside Syrian territory was reported by Al-Mayadeen, citing sources that claimed that forces deployed at the border posted a security alert.
مصادر أمنية للميادين: القوات المنتشرة عند الشريط الحدودي العراقي السوري تتخذ وضع الاستنفار الأمني— الميادين عاجل (@AlMayadeenLive) January 4, 2020
Local media claim, citing sources, that the most recent airstrikes have targeted installations of Iraq's Kataeb Hezbollah militia in Al-Qaim region on the Iraqi-Syrian border.
#BREAKING— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) 4 January 2020
-Airstrikes reported targeting sites of #Iran-backed militia in near Albu Kamal, western Syria
-Airstrike targeting site of #Iran-backed Kata'ib Hezbollah militia, hosting warehouses of Iranian-made short & medium-range missiles in Al-Qaim region of Iraqi-Syrian border pic.twitter.com/Rge8O75DA4
Unconfirmed reports claim that at least 5 people were killed in the US strike targeting "Imam Ali" military base.
Report of heavy strike targeting "Imam Ali" base housing Iranian, proxy militia forces in Boukamal countryside, on Syrian-Iraqi border https://t.co/q51t5yluvm— David A. Daoud (@DavidADaoud) 4 January 2020
The region is reportedly known to host Iranian-backed militia forces. There has been no confirmation of the attack. The US Department of Defence has not issued a statement.
The series of reported US air raids against Iranian-backed militia in Iraq falls against a backdrop of the dangerous escalation in Iran-US relations after the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force commander, Qasem Soleimani, was assassinated on Friday in a US drone attack near the Baghdad International Airport.