US Air strikes in Iraq, Syria Kill Dozens
By Jude Chukwuemeka
The United States has carried out air strikes with F-15 fighter jets against a pro-Iran militant group in Iraq, killing at least 25 fighters, two days after a rocket attack that killed an American civilian contractor, Reuters report.
Corroborating this, the Pentagon said on Sunday it targeted weapons caches or command and control facilities linked to Kataib Hezbollah (KH) in western Iraq, as well as eastern Syria, in response to a barrage of 30 or more rockets fired on Friday.
Criticising the strikes on Monday, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi published by the state news agency IRNA: "US military aggression against Iraqi soil and Iraqi forces is strongly condemned as a clear example of terrorism... and Iran strongly condemns it."
However, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "we will not stand for the Islamic Republic of Iran to take actions that put American men and women in jeopardy."
Deadly strikes come two days after a rocket attack that killed a US civilian contractor at an Iraqi military base in Kirkuk.