US airstrikes target Iran-backed militia groups in Syria, Iraq

Written by on June 28, 2021

The US has launched air strikes against an Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon announced.

The strikes hit “operational and weapons storage facilities”, in response to drone attacks by the militia on US forces, a statement said.

“President Biden has been clear that he will act to protect US personnel,” the Pentagon said.

This is the second round of airstrikes Joe Biden has authorised against Iran-backed militias since taking office.US forces based in Iraq have been hit several times in recent months by drone attacks. Iran has denied any involvement.

Around 2,500 US troops are based in the country as part of an international coalition fighting the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group

According to the Pentagon statement, the “defensive precision air strikes” hit two targets in Syria and one in Iraq. It said Iran-backed militia groups including Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada used these facilities.

Since 2009, the US has designated Kataib Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation, accusing them of threatening the peace and stability of Iraq.

Credit: BBC

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