U.S. Air Strikes In Iraq And Syria Target Iran-Backed Militias

U.S. Air Strikes In Iraq And Syria Target Iran-Backed Militias

The airstrikes against Iran-backed militias near the Iraq-Syria border are in response to drone attacks on its forces in Iraq.

Andrew H. Sweet

A Pentagon spokesman said the strikes targeted "operational and weapons storage facilities" at three locations.

About 2,500 U.S. troops are in Iraq as part of a global coalition supporting local security forces in their fight against the jihadist group, Islamic State (IS).

There have been at least five drone attacks against facilities they use since April, U.S. officials say. Rockets are also frequently fired at them.

The targeted facilities were at two locations in Syria and one inside Iraq and were used by several Iran-backed groups, including Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada, the Pentagon said.

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