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In response to attacks by groups backed by Iran, the US claims to have struck two sites in Iraq

In response to assaults by “Iran and Iran-backed groups,” US troops launched further strikes against two locations in Iraq early on Wednesday, according to US Central Command. According to CENTCOM on X, formerly Twitter, the US military “conducted discrete, precision strikes against two facilities in Iraq.”

The report went on to say, “The strikes were in direct response to the attacks against US and Coalition forces by Iran and Iran-backed groups,” and it happened the day after a US airstrike in Iraq claimed the lives of several Iranian-backed fighters. According to a Pentagon official who requested anonymity, US fighter jets launched assaults on two installations south of Baghdad on Wednesday.

The Pentagon reported that a short-range ballistic missile launched by Iranian-backed militants targeting American and partner soldiers in the nation had been hit by a warplane hours earlier at a militia site. Following three strikes on Tehran-affiliated locations in Syria in recent weeks in response to an uptick in assaults on American soldiers, this was the first time the US has declared an attack on Iranian proxy forces in Iraq.

Pentagon spokesperson Brigadier General Pat Ryder stated in a statement, “We can confirm an attack last night by Iran-backed militias using a close-range ballistic missile against US and coalition forces at Al-Asad Airbase, which resulted in eight injuries and some minor damage to infrastructure.” Forces of the US-led coalition battling the Islamic State (IS) organization in Iraq are stationed at the Ain al-Asad Air Base, which is located in the desert of the Western Anbar region of Iraq.

“A US military AC-130 aircraft in the region launched a self-defense strike against an Iranian-backed militia vehicle and several Iranian-backed militia members participating in this assault immediately after the attack. Several enemies were KIA (killed in action) as a consequence of this self-defense attack, according to Ryder.

The recent battle between Israel and Hamas, which started on October 7 when terrorists from the Palestinian organization carried out a surprise cross-border raid from Gaza that killed over 1,200 people, the majority of whom were civilians, is connected to the upsurge in attacks against US forces.

In response, Israel launched an unrelenting air, land, and sea operation against Hamas, which more than 14,000 people—mostly civilians—have reportedly died from, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. The assaults on American servicemen in Iraq and Syria, which have resulted in several US troops being wounded, have been justified by Israel’s fight against Hamas, which has aroused strong emotions across the region in response to those killings.

In Washington, US troops “have been attacked approximately 66 times since October 17 — 32 separate times in Iraq and 34 separate times in Syria,” Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh said reporters. She indicated that around 62 US servicemen had been injured as a consequence of the strikes; however, the eight that Ryder mentioned were not included in that total.

Monitoring Militants

Targets of American soldiers have been found in both Syria and Iraq, but up to now Washington has only reacted with attacks in Syria, ostensibly to prevent escalating political tensions in Iraq, which it invaded in 2003 and where Iran has a significant presence.

“Because the AC-130 was able to determine the point of origin from where the close-range ballistic missile was… fired to the base,” according to Singh, the terrorists in Iraq were targeted. The militants were then followed in their vehicle. She also said that since the strikes started on October 17, this was the first time a weapon of that kind has been deployed against US personnel.

A source previously stated that one fighter had been killed and three others injured in an attack on a vehicle by the Hashed al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization Forces, who are mostly pro-Iranian militias now part of the regular armed forces. The attack occurred 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of Baghdad, as a pro-Iranian convoy was passing through Abu Ghraib. The car belonged to the group.

Without providing any details, the “Islamic resistance in Iraq” organization said on Tuesday that one of its militants had died. Hundreds of militants from the Hashed al-Shaabi attended his burial on Tuesday, which took place in a mosque in Baghdad, an AFP correspondent said. another 900 American soldiers are in Syria and another 2,500 in Iraq as part of the campaign to stop the Islamic State organization from rising again.

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