US forces attacked more than 12 times in Iraq, Syria in past week -Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. forces have been attacked more than a dozen times in Iraq and Syria in the past week, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Patrick Ryder said there had been 10 attacks on forces in Iraq and three in Syria.

Reuters reported earlier on Tuesday a new set of measures the U.S. military is taking to protect deployed forces in the Middle East during the rampup in attacks by suspected Iran-backed groups.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali; Editing by Chris Reese)