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US launches strikes on Iran-backed militants in Iraq

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

On Tuesday, the United States conducted two series of strikes in Iraq against Iranian-backed militants in response to recent attacks on troops in the region, as reported by Reuters.

The U.S. had hesitated to retaliate in Iraq until this week due to the delicate political situation in the region.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani struggles with limited control over Iranian-backed militias, crucial for his political support.

The strikes targeted two facilities in Iraq, according to a statement by the U.S. military, in direct response to attacks against U.S. and Coalition forces by Iran and its proxies.

A Kataeb Hezbollah operations centre and Command and Control node were destroyed near Al Anbar and Jurf al Saqr.

Kataeb Hezbollah is a powerful armed faction in Iraq with close ties to Iran.

A U.S. defence official, speaking anonymously, mentioned ongoing assessments regarding casualties among Kataeb Hezbollah personnel.

A day prior, U.S. forces at Ain al-Asad air base were attacked, leading to an AC-130 aircraft responding in self-defence, causing casualties among Iranian-backed militants.

The attacks, linked to U.S. support for Israel in response to Gaza events, have resulted in at least 62 U.S. personnel sustaining injuries.

The situation marks the end of a year-long truce with Iraqi factions. It has broader implications, drawing in various factions within Iran’s network of regional militias, such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

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