U.S. troops at an Iraqi base in Anbar (Reuters)
The Pentagon announced the cessation of almost daily attacks against US forces in Iraq and Syria since the truce between Israel and Hamas came into effect 5 days ago.
U.S. forces in both countries have been targeted by missiles and drones more than 70 times since mid-October.
Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder said "U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria have not been attacked since Nov. 23, since the temporary truce" between Israel and Hamas in Gaza came into effect.
The attacks wounded dozens of U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria, but all have since returned to duty.
Israel's devastating ground and air bombardment of the Gaza Strip has killed more than 15,<> people, mostly children and women, according to the Hamas government in the Strip.
The high death toll has sparked outrage in the Middle East and prompted anti-U.S. and anti-Israel armed groups to launch attacks against U.S. forces in the region.
On November 24, a four-day Qatari-brokered truce went into effect, freeing Hamas detainees in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prisons.
The truce has been extended for two days, although mediators are making efforts to establish a sustainable truce in the war between Israel and Hamas.