The U.S. military conducted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on five facilities linked to an Iranian-backed militia. Sunday’s airstrikes came after the group was blamed for a rocket attack against a military compound that killed a U.S. defense contractor and injured four U.S. troops and two members of the Iraqi Security Forces.
According to Jonathan Hoffman, a spokesperson for the Pentagon, the military carried out “precision defensive strikes” against Kataeb Hezbollah, which “will degrade” the militia’s ability to conduct future attacks.
“Iran and their KH proxy forces must cease their attacks on U.S. and coalition forces, and respect Iraq’s sovereignty, to prevent additional defensive actions by U.S. forces,” Hoffman said.
Senator Tom Cotton responded:
Iraq's Prime Minister Abdel Mahdi condemned the strikes as an attack on Iraqi sovereignty.
"Today's strikes against Iranian-backed groups in Iraq and Syria are a justified response to the killing of an American and the wounding of several American service members and Iraqis,” he said. “Tehran must stop attacking Americans or else face even graver consequences."