Photo Credit: US Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordan Castelan
An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon refuels during operations in support of US-led coalition forces in Syria.

U.S.-led air strikes targeted Iranian-backed forces and oil tankers late Tuesday night, according to multiple unconfirmed reports from local sources, Middle East political analysts and Arab media.

A gathering of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were targeted by air strikes aimed at the forces in the Syrian village of Al Sayyal, according to the reports, which appeared only in Arab media.


In addition, 32 oil tankers were attacked in Deir es-Zor as they tried to enter Syria’s government-held areas, according to a report by Al Arabiya.

U.S. coalition aircraft also allegedly bombed the military airport at the Deir es-Zor air base, multiple local sources reported late Tuesday night.

Large parts of the airport were reportedly destroyed, along with the runway and radar facilities, and “many dead and wounded” were reported in the ranks of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forces there, according to Middle East political analyst Eva J. Koulouriotis.

According to a local source, the mountain, radar, air defenses, command center and airport runways were targeted.

“Local sources confirm the targeting by #USA warplanes of a number of sites belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and militias affiliated with them in the vicinity of the city of #Albuqmal,” Koulouriotis tweeted.


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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.