Photo Credit: US Army / Sgt. Tenzing Sherpa / public domain
US Army Spc. Natasha Guerrero, assigned to Task Force Ghost, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, advises Maghaweir al-Thowra partner forces on proper response procedures for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats, during a training simulation at Al-Tanf Garrison, Syria, Aug. 6, 2022.

US President Joe Biden suddenly ended his remarks at a White House news conference on Monday, apologizing and telling journalists he was going to the Situation Room for “another issue I have to deal with.”


The president provided no further details, but one possible reason emerged within hours later, against the background of a Middle East that is rapidly heating up in multiple sectors.

US military bases in eastern Syria and Iraq were hit Monday by a coordinated missile and drone attack.

Three American military bases came under simultaneous missile fire Monday by pro-Iranian militias, while two US bases were attacked with combat drones, the Turkish Anadolu Agency reported.

Local sources quoted by the news agency said ground-to-ground missile fire was directed at US bases in Al-Shaddadi, Al-Hasakah and in the Al-Omar gas and oil field in Deir ez-Zor.

The missile attacks were carried out by the Ashab Al Kahf terrorist organization, according to the Iraqi Shia group’s media arm. Ashab Al Kahf is an Iranian proxy.

Armed drones were used to attack US bases in the Al-Malakyiah area of Al-Hasakah and in the Al-Tanf region of southern Syria, according to multiple reports. Al-Tanf is the site of the largest natural gas field in Syria.

On October 20, US forces came under attack at the Al Omar gas and oil field in northeastern Syria, Al Tanf in Syria, the Al Assad Air Base in Iraq, and the Conoco gas field – Syria’s largest natural gas field – according to the ALMA organization. All the attacks emanated from territory controlled by Iranian proxies.

Iranian-backed militias in Iraq also released footage three days ago (Oct. 21) showing multiple drone attacks on the US base near Erbil airport in Iraq.

Five days ago, a US Navy warship operating in the Red Sea intercepted multiple missiles reportedly fired towards Israel by the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen.

Two weeks ago (Oct. 7), more than a thousand Israeli civilians were murdered by Hamas terrorists in a barbaric, ISIS-style invasion of some two dozen Jewish villages along the Gaza border, igniting Operation Iron Swords, Israel’s war to eliminate the Iranian proxy.

Hamas operatives abducted more than 220 Israelis and dual nationals, including some they had already murdered, and dragged them into Gaza where they are being held captive. Following intense pressure by the United States, Qatar and Egypt, four hostages — a dual US- Israeli mother and her daughter, and two Israeli women in their eighties — were released to the Red Cross, and transferred to Israeli territory.

The fate of the remaining hostages — and four others held by Hamas since 2014 — is still unknown.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.