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US air attacks killed 25 militants in Iraq

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

31st Dec, 2019. 11:40 am
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At least 25 fighters of a religious military group have been killed in attacks carried out by the United States in Iraq. also, 55 fighters were wounded.

Washington has explained that the attacks were carried out in response to the assassination of a US civilian contractor in Iraq.

One of the group’s headquarters was also attacked by one of the raids near the western Al-Qaim district on the border with Syria.

The US had pulled out of a landmark nuclear agreement with Tehran in 2018 after which the US-Iran tensions have been increasing.

Two targets in Syria and one in Iraq-included facilities of weapons storage and command locations used to carry out the attacks, Chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman reported.

Unrest between Washington and Tehran has been increased more due to the attack.

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Iraq’s caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has condemned the incident and has said that the attack would bring dangerous aftermaths.

The statement was the issue from Mahdi’s office in which it was said, “The Prime Minister described the American attack on the Iraqi armed forces as an unacceptable vicious assault that will have dangerous consequences.”

Iraq’s Security Council has said that the airstrikes were a violation of sovereignty. They also said that the US did take decision-based on their own political preferences and conclusions.

Russia has condemned the exchange of attacks. Rusia’s foreign ministry has described the attacks between military groups and US forces as unacceptable. They called for restrictions from both sides.

They said, “We consider such actions unacceptable and counterproductive. We call upon all parties to refrain from further actions that could sharply destabilize the military-political situations in Iraq, Syria and the neighboring countries.”

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Apart from that, Syria has also condemned the incident and has shown harmony with its people.

“Syria denounces the US attack on the Popular Mobilization Forces which defend Iraq’s solidarity and independence, as well as denouncing any aggression that targets the sovereignty, independence, freedom of Iraq and its people.”

On the contrary, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appreciated the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo on the “important operation by the US.” He congratulated Pompeo for taking action against Iran and militia.

Apart from that, Iran has declared the airstrikes by the US as terrorism. They have also denied their participation in the attacks on US forces.

A statement from the military group was issued in which it was said that its battle with the US is “now open”.









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