United States will launch a retaliatory strike in Iraq

After the deadly rocket attack on troops of the US-led Anti-IS coalition in Iraq, the US has carried out air strikes against Iran-loyal Shia militia. The Pentag

United States will launch a retaliatory strike in Iraq

After the deadly rocket attack on troops of the US-led Anti-IS coalition in Iraq, the US has carried out air strikes against Iran-loyal Shia militia. The Pentagon stated that the objective of the "defensive precision strike" on Thursday evening, five weapons the were-Iranian militia Kataib Hizbullah.

The militia is made for the rocket attack on the base at Taji North of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad responsible.

In the case of the missile attack on Wednesday, an American had been killed-a soldier, a British soldier and a US citizen who had worked for a private partner company of the US army.

14 people were injured, including U.S. citizens, Britons and poles. The base had been hit, according to the U.S.-led international military coalition of 18 missiles.

It was the bloodiest attack on a US base in Iraq for years. For the attack, no one took responsibility. The US has made in the past, pro-Iranian militias for such rocket attacks.

Already a few hours after the missile attack on Wednesday, three fighter planes, which belong presumably to the U.S.-led coalition, positions per had attacked, according to activists-Iranian militias in the Syrian border area to Iraq.

at least 18 in Iraq had been of fighters killed, said the Syrian Observatory for human rights, whose details are, however, a check of an independent often hard to come by.

Kataib Hizbullah had praised the attack on Taji. The time for the resumption of Jihad operations is suitable to hunt the "villains and aggressors" from the country, it said in a statement. The Shiite militia is one of the strongest in Iraq and calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country.

fear of escalation

U.S. Secretary of defense Mark Esper stated on Twitter that the US would not tolerate Iranian-supported attacks against Americans and their allies. "All options are on the table, while we work with our partners to bring the perpetrators to justice."

Iraqi media reported on Thursday, vertices, Shiite militias had been bombed, among other things, in the provinces of Karbala, Basra, Babil and Salahaldin.

The recent mutual attacks stoking Fears that the conflict could escalate in the Region. A dramatic deterioration of the situation had already given it to the turn of the year.

As a retaliation for rocket fire, with a dead US citizens, the US flew at the time, massive air attacks on pro-Iranian militias and killed at least 25 fighters.

at the beginning of January, the US killed-military drones with a targeted U.S. strike near Baghdad, the influence of Iranian General rich Qassem Soleimani and the Iraqi militia leader, Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis. By this attack the US and Iran were at the time, to the brink of war. (roy/SDA)

Created: 13.03.2020, 01:33 PM

Updated Date: 13 March 2020, 06:01

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