US military offers new explanation of attack on base in Syria: AP
The US military says that the April 7 attack on its base in eastern Syria was not caused by artillery shelling, providing a new explanation for its cause.
The US military presented a new explanation for the April 7 attack that targeted its Green Village military base in eastern Syria and injured a number of its soldiers, the Associated Press reported Friday.
The news agency cited the US military as saying that the explosions on the base "were not, as it originally reported, caused by artillery or another form of indirect fire."
According to a Thursday statement issued by the Operation Inherent Resolve command that is claimed to oversee US military operations against ISIS, the April 7 attack was caused by the "'deliberate placement of explosive charges' by one or more individuals at an ammunition holding area and shower facility on the base," the Associated Press indicated.
US military: Incident is under investigation
The agency estimated that "the reference to 'deliberate placement' of explosive charges on the base appeared to raise the prospect of infiltration and a lapse of base security."
The US military statement pointed out that the incident is under investigation, without providing any further details.
Previously, the US military said the Green Village was targeted by two rounds of indirect fire that struck two support buildings, and four soldiers were injured as a result.
Sources: Popular Resistance factions targeted the base
A few days ago, Al Mayadeen’s correspondent in Syria reported hearing two explosion sounds near the American coalition base in the Al-Omar oil field, east of Deir Ezzor province, followed by a huge fire at the base.
Our correspondent indicated that the two explosions coincided with the overflight of international coalition planes in the region.
Sources told Al Mayadeen that the Popular Resistance factions targeted the US military base in the Al-Omar oil field with a number of local missiles, adding that the striking led to a huge fire in the base with not much knowledge of how much loss was sustained.