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Top Iraq militia chief warns of a tough response to U.S. airstrikes





A top Iraqi militia leader warned of a strong response against U.S. forces in Iraq following airstrikes in Iraq and Syria overnight that hit several bases of his Iranian-backed group and killed at least 25 people.


The U.S. military carried out airstrikes on Sunday against the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia group in response to the killing of a U.S. civilian contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base, officials said.


Iraqi security and militia sources said at least 25 militia fighters were killed and at least 55 wounded following three U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.


“The blood of the martyrs will not be in vain and our response will be very tough on the American forces in Iraq,” senior commander Jamal Jaafar Ibrahimi, known by his nom de guerre Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, said late on Sunday. Iran said it strongly condemned the raids as “terrorism”.



30th Dec 2019

Reuters

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