Recap: U.S. Forces Shoot Down Several Missiles And Drones In Middle East | Aviation

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) defeats a combination of Houthi missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles in the Red Sea, Oct. 19. Carney is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to help ensure maritime security and stability in the Middle East region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Lau)

The USS Carney, Al-Tanf garrison and Al Asad airbase have been busy defending multiple attacks in the past few days.

This last week was quite busy for U.S. forces in the Middle East, with drone attacks against facilities in Syria and Iraq and a destroyer countering cruise missiles and drones in the Red Sea. The attacks, happened on Oct.17, 18 and 19, 2023, were successfully stopped, according to the official statements, with only minor injuries to the personnel. However, a contractor suffered a cardiac arrest while sheltering and passed away.

Let’s go in order.

The first attacks, on Oct.17, were directed at two US bases in Iraq, Bashur Air Base in the north of the country and Al Asad Air Base in the west. The former was attacked by a single drone which was intercepted and destroyed without injuries or damage, while the latter was attacked by two drones which were intercepted, resulting in one being destroyed and the second one damaged. The episode at Al Asad caused minor injuries to Coalition Forces, said the statement.

On the next day, early warning systems indicated a possible threat approaching Al Asad and base personnel sheltered in place as a protective measure. Although no attack occurred, a US civilian contractor suffered a cardiac episode while sheltering and passed away shortly thereafter. Al-Tanf garrison in Syria was also targeted by two drones, of which one was successfully engaged and destroyed, while the other drone impacted the base resulting in minor injuries to Coalition Forces.

Officials did not disclose details about the origin of the drone attacks, however Iranian-backed…

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