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 by Jason Ditz 

Russian officials have issued a statement confirming that multiple drone strikes overnight in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border. The strikes killed multiple, and included an attack on a cargo truck traveling through the region, killing a member of Iraq’s Sayyed al-Shuhada Brigades.

A US base in western Syria’s Homs province came under a drone attack, according to local sources on Sunday.

The suicide drone was shot down by US soldiers at the base in al-Tanf area near the border with Jordan late Saturday, the sources said.

No injuries were reported.

The US base came under a similar drone attack last April 7.

Groups backed by Iran occasionally target American bases on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River using missiles and suicide drones.

A Russian Forpost-R combat drone destroyed a group of Syrian militants who planned a terror attack on an oil refinery in the country, the deputy chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria announced on June 20.

“In the past day, a Russian-made Forpost-R reconnaissance and attack drone destroyed a group of militants near the Faghdad oil refinery in the Syrian desert [Badiya],” Major General Yury Popov said. “They were plotting a terror attack on the Syrian oil infrastructure facility.”

Russia may potentially launch a strike from Syria targeting a British military base in Cyprus. This assertion was made by Andrey Klintsevich in an interview with “Tsargrad,” as reported by the Russian outlet Gazeta.ru. Klintsevich, who heads the Center for the Study of Military-Political Conflicts, shared his insights on the matter. 

Iran has promised a response after its consulate in the Syrian capital Damascus was destroyed in a suspected Israeli missile attack, killing seven people including a top commander and his deputy.

Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a senior commander in the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and his deputy General Mohammad Hadi Hajriahimi were killed in Monday’s attack, the IRGC said in a statement.

Planes believed to be Israeli struck inside Syria on Sunday, the Syrian government and an opposition group said, but the two entities differed over whether the targets belonged to the Syrian military.

The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency characterized the strikes as “a flagrant attack on Syria, targeting two safe areas in (the) Damascus countryside in Dimas and near Damascus International Airport.” There were no casualties, SANA reported.

Warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) carried out strikes against six hideouts of terrorists in the Syrian governorates of Homs and Deir Ezzor, deputy chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria announced on June 11.

For the past two decades, there has been a general—and mostly unchallenged—understanding that satellite imagery is restricted over Israel and the Palestinian and Syrian territories it occupies. This was due to a 1996 U.S. regulation known as the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment (KBA) which has limited the quality and availability of high-resolution satellite imagery produced by U.S. companies covering Israel (and by implicit extension, the occupied Palestinian territories and the occupied Golan Heights).

An attack on the US embassy in Lebanon was foiled after a Syrian man opened fire and was captured.

The man was was arrested after the shooting near the US embassy in Beirut on Wednesday, the Lebanese army said, with the embassy saying its staff were safe.