In this file photograph taken on May 31, 2019 Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Iran-backed armed group, Hezbollah brigades, burn a US and (*15*) flags throughout a navy parade marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day in Baghdad. The US bombed the headquarters of the group in Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon stated as we speak, after a sequence of assaults in Iraq in opposition to American pursuits.
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Fifteen fighters, together with commanders, have been killed Sunday evening in US strikes in opposition to a pro-Iran armed group in western Iraq, an official from the Tehran-backed Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary advised AFP.
The official stated a number of fighters have been additionally wounded within the strikes, which the Pentagon stated focused the Iraqi Kata’ib Hezbollah in response to a barrage of 30 or extra rockets that was fired on Friday at an Iraqi navy base, killing a US civilian contractor.
Repeated mortar and rocket assaults have since late October focused American pursuits within the nation, the place the US has 5,200 troops deployed as a part of the worldwide coalition in opposition to the Islamic State jihadist group.
The Pentagon stated in an announcement it had carried out strikes in opposition to 5 Kata’ib Hezbollah services — three in Iraq and two in neighbouring Syria.
US-Iran tensions have soared since Washington pulled out of a landmark nuclear settlement with Tehran final yr and imposed crippling sanctions.
Baghdad — which is near each international locations — dangers being caught within the center.
In Iraq’s neighbour Syria, Shiite powerhouse Iran backs the federal government of President Bashar al-Assad in an eight-year civil conflict