The US carried out airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on Sunday, targeting five facilities controlled by Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) member group, Kataib Hezbollah.
At least 25 people were killed and 51 wounded in the strikes, the first significant US military response to Kataib Hezbollah’s deadly rocket attacks on US-Iraqi targets in recent weeks.
US officials said the strikes were carried out with F-15 Strike Eagle fighter planes and targeted Kataib Hezbollah locations, including weapons storage facilities and command and control locations.
The Pentagon said the locations were used “to plan and execute attacks” on joint US-Iraq forces.
The airstrikes and protests have created new tensions between allies Washington and Baghdad, with Iraqi police and soldiers also hit in the strikes. They come at a time of unrest as mass protests across Iraq challenge the nation’s precarious government.
Baghdad warned Monday that its relations with the US were also at risk following the strikes.
Source : Nbcnewyork