Washington 30 December: “In response to repeated Kata’ib Hizbollah (KH) attacks on Iraqi bases that host Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) coalition forces, US forces have conducted precision defensive strikes against five KH facilities in Iraq and Syria that will degrade KH’s ability to conduct future attacks against OIR coalition forces,” a Pentagon spokesman said in a statement.
US F-15 fighter jets have bombarded Iran-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah’s bases in Iraq and Syria on Sunday, killing at least 25 fighters while more than 50 fighters have been reported to be injured.
It is noteworthy that a US military agent was killed and four US soldiers were injured by a rocket which was fired by the pro-Iran supporters in Kirkuk on Friday. After which, the US has bombed it on the bases of the Iran-backed organisation on Sunday. Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Ponpio on Saturday warned Iran that the consequences would be fatal if a single American soldier was hurt.
On Sunday, US Defense Minister Mark Asper said that his F-15 fighter jets bombed five Hezbollah targets. Three of these locations were in western Iraq and two in eastern Syria. These hideouts were in the form of weapons and command control was carried out from here. Iraqi military sources say one of five US air strikes occurred at the headquarters of Hezbollah in Al Qayim District, where four people have been killed.
The US considers Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.
Kata’ib Hezbollah is a Shia military boy who is backed by Iran. Iran has a strong influence on this group. With the help of Iran, there was a fierce movement by Iraqis to force the Prime Minister to resign in Iraq, which killed 450 people.