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    Luck Has Prevented More US Casualties from Drone Attacks in Iraq and Syria, Top Mideast General Says

    Luck Has Prevented More US Casualties from Drone Attacks in Iraq and Syria, Top Mideast General Says

    The top U.S. general in the Middle East indicated Thursday that more American troops could have been killed in a recent spate of -backed militia attacks in , Syria and if not for a bit of luck.

    Three American soldiers were killed in a drone attack in January at a in Jordan near the Syrian border, and scores have been injured in Iraq and Syria since a series of attacks against U.S. bases in those countries began in October. But Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, the head of U.S. Central Command, suggested at a hearing Thursday those numbers would be higher if enemy drones hadn't missed their intended targets.

    Asked by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., whether the militias in Iraq and Syria could have killed U.S. troops prior to the deaths in Jordan with “a little bit of extra luck,” Kurilla replied, “That is correct.”

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    “There are several incidents where UAVs coming into a base hit another object, got caught up in a netting or other incidents where, had they hit the appropriate target that they were targeting, it would have injured or killed service members,” Kurilla added at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, using the acronym for unmanned aerial vehicle.

    Kurilla's comment is the latest indication that American service members in the Middle East have faced more danger than most U.S. officials have publicly…

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