At least 18 members of pro-Iranian militias have died in Syria. Baghdad criticizes the attacks

At least 18 members of pro-Iranian militias have died in Syria. Baghdad criticizes the attacks
At least 18 members of pro-Iranian militias have died in Syria. Baghdad criticizes the attacks
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Baghdad called the US strikes on military targets of pro-Iranian groups a violation of Iraqi sovereignty. According to the AFP agency, the military spokesman of Prime Minister Muhammad Sudani said so.

In addition to Iraq, American forces also attacked in eastern Syria on Friday. At least 18 members of pro-Iranian militias died there, AFP reported, citing the non-governmental Syrian Organization for Human Rights (SOHR). In Iraq, according to the local government, the attacks claimed 16 lives, including civilians, AFP reported. The United States did not report casualties from strikes on Syria and Iraq.

According to Washington, these were retaliatory strikes against armed groups responsible for the deaths of three American soldiers in Jordan at the end of January. The US strikes targeted areas on the Iraqi border, the Iraqi army reported, according to Reuters, and warned that the actions of the US side could destabilize the region.

Washington notified the Iraqi government of the attacks in advance, according to White House national security spokesman John Kirby. According to him, US forces hit three targets in Iraq and four in Syria, writes Reuters, and they do not have information on the number of casualties among members of armed groups.

On the other hand, according to Kirby, Washington did not communicate in advance with Tehran, which supports the groups with which the US confronts. Hours after the attacks, Kirby reiterated the US position that the US is not seeking war with Iran and is not attacking its sovereign territory. In a similar vein, Iranian officials have also repeatedly expressed themselves, although they have stated that they will definitely respond to any attacks on their territory.

Neither the White House nor the Pentagon has specified what the next steps of US forces will be. President Joe Biden said in a statement that the United States is not seeking conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else, but will respond to any successful attacks against Americans.

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