25 Dead After US Strikes Hezbollah Targets in Iraq & Syria

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Photo Credit: Tech. Sgt. Mike, PD-USAF

A USAF KC-135E Stratotanker refuels an F-16C Fighting Falcon in mid-air.

US military forces struck five Hezbollah targets Sunday in retaliation for an attack Friday on an Iraqi coalition base that killed one US civilian.

Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said the locations – three in Iraq and two in Syria – included storage facilities and command-and-control centers that the Iranian proxy terror group uses to carry out attacks. The statement was conveyed in a news release.

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“Iran and their [Hezbollah] proxy forces must cease their attacks on US and coalition forces, and respect Iraq’s sovereignty, to prevent additional defensive actions by US forces,” Hoffman said.

The Iranian-backed “Popular Mobilization Forces” — an Iranian proxy militia in Iraq — said Sunday night that 25 fighters were killed and 51 others were injured in the US strikes, according to a report by Hebrew-language journalist Amichai Stein at Israel’s Kann public broadcasting network. The PMU said its forces “will respond” to the attack.

The US strikes came two days after a rocket attack on an Iraqi Security Forces base, which houses coalition forces fighting the anti-ISIS campaign, in Kirkuk. The attack killed one American contractor and wounded several Iraqi troops.

On Saturday, after reports that an Iranian-backed proxy militia had launched the assault, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., tweeted that Iran should “face swift and severe consequences” if true.

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