The Americans killed at least eighteen members of pro-Iranian militia | iRADIO

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Overnight US strikes killed 16 people in Iraq, including civilians, the Iraqi government said, according to AFP. Earlier, the agency, citing the non-governmental Syrian Organization for Human Rights, said that at least 18 members of pro-Iranian militias had died in Syria. The United States in Iraq and also in Syria targeted pro-Iranian militias and did not inform the victims.



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11:19 a.m February 3, 2024

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Consequences of American shelling of Iraq | Photo: Anadolu | Source: Reuters

The US military’s Middle East Command said on Friday that the US military had struck 85 targets in Syria and Iraq linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and their local militia affiliates.


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According to vthe US military in the Middle East it was, among other things, command and control operational posts, warehouses for missiles, drones and ammunition. The strikes were in retaliation for a drone attack on a US base in Jordan near the Syrian border that killed three US soldiers last Sunday.

In recent weeks, US troops in Iraq and Syria have faced dozens of airstrikes by pro-Iranian militias, to which the US military has previously responded. But Sunday’s militia attack was the first in which American soldiers died since the beginning of the war in the Gaza Strip.

‘American Occupation’

The attacks against US troops are in retaliation for Washington’s support for Israel in its war in the Gaza Strip with the Palestinian movement Hamas, which the US, Israel and the EU consider terrorist.

Syria’s defense ministry said in a statement on Saturday that Friday’s US strikes were “blatant aggression” and that civilians and soldiers had died. However, it did not say how many victims the action claimed.

The Syrian army also stated that “the occupation of parts of Syria by US troops cannot continue”. The Syrian news agency SANA also wrote that “US actions destabilize the region with repeated attacks in Yemen, Syria and Iraq” and “blindly support the Israeli occupation” of the Palestinian territories.

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According to some sources, the US military hit the positions of the Kataib Hezbollah group in Iraq at night, which is part of the armed Islamic resistance movement in Iraq and which the US suspects of the killing of three American soldiers in Jordan in January.

The Islamic Resistance Movement in Iraq said it struck an air base in northern Iraq where US troops are stationed on Saturday. According to Reuters, however, three unnamed officials said there had been no attack on the base.

Iraq also called the latest US strikes a violation of Iraqi sovereignty last night, according to AFP, according to the Iraqi Prime Minister’s military spokesman. Iraq has previously criticized US strikes on the positions of pro-Iranian militias in Iraq, some of which are formally part of the Iraqi army, although they operate de facto independently.

A spokesman for the Iraqi government also denied the White House’s information on Saturday that Washington had informed the Iraqi government about the action in advance, and said that the strikes threaten the security of Iraq and the entire region.

At the beginning of January, the commander of one of the pro-Iranian militias was killed in Baghdad during one of the American strikes, the Iraqi government then announced that it was establishing a committee to prepare the end of the mission of the international coalition led by the United States in Iraq. Last week, the Iraqi government and the leadership of the Iraqi parliament called on the international coalition led by the United States to speed up the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

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