U.S. officials say drone attack targeted remote American base in Syria

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The al Tanf military base in Syria.
The al Tanf military base in Syria. AP Photo/Lolita Baldor

A coordinated attack was carried out Wednesday against al Tanf, a small U.S. military base in Syria near the border with Jordan, U.S. officials said.

The assault involved "at a minimum" drones and either mortar or rocket fire, a U.S. official told ABC News. No deaths or injuries have been reported.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Iraqi security officials told ABC News it involved five booby-trapped drones, which are often used by Iranian-backed militias operating in the region.

There are about 1,000 U.S. troops still in Syria as part of efforts to keep the Islamic State from taking back territory. There is a 35-mile buffer zone around the base, as there are Russian and Syrian government troops in the surrounding area.

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