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US forces in Syria come under attack after airstrikes on Iran-backed militias

Renewed fighting in Iraq and Syria is bound to set off scrutiny in Congress.
Smoke rises from buildings following an airstrike by Syrian government forces in the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, on Oct. 31, 2017.

Iran-backed militias launched several rockets near a US-led coalition base in eastern Syria on Monday evening in apparent retaliation for American airstrikes that killed four of their fighters the night prior.

No US or coalition personnel were initially reported hurt in the attack, according to Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson Col. Wayne Marotto. US troops responded to the barrage with their own artillery fire aimed at knocking out the launch sites, Marotto said.

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