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One killed, five injured in drone attack on US Army; America replied

  WASHINGTON - Iran has launched a drone attack on a maintenance facility base in northeastern Syria. An American contractor has died in this attack on Thursday. Five US soldiers and other US contractors were also injured in the attack. The Pentagon has given this information. The US military responded Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement late Thursday that U.S. Central Command forces responded to attacks by groups affiliated with Iran's Revolutionary Guard. Iran retaliated with precision airstrikes. The Defense Department said that intelligence officials learned that the unmanned drone belonged to Iran. Austin said the airstrikes were in response to recent attacks against coalition forces in Syria. Attack on Biden's directives Austin said he ordered the counterattack at the direction of President Joe Biden. "As the President has made clear, we will take all necessary measures to protect our people and always respond at a time and place of our choosing," he said. The video of the explosion went viral Videos of the explosion in Deir ez-Zor, Syria, are going viral. Deir ez-Zor is a strategic province bordering Iraq. It also has oil fields. Iran-backed militia groups and the Syrian army control the region. Suspicious airstrikes by Israel targeting Iran's supply routes were seen recently.