Five Iraqi militants were killed by a US airstrike near Kirkuk.
The US military said the airstrike was a “self-defense strike on an imminent threat.”
ISIS claimed multiple attacks against US forces on Sunday.
Five Iraqi terrorists, identified as members of an Iran-backed militia, were killed by a US airstrike near the northern city of Kirkuk as they were getting ready to fire explosives at US forces stationed there, according to three Iraqi security sources.
A drone staging area close to Kirkuk was the target of a “self-defense strike on an imminent threat,” according to a US military spokesman on Sunday afternoon.
Five of its members had been murdered, according to a statement from the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella organization that represents a number of armed Iraqi factions with close links to Tehran. The group also pledged to avenge US personnel.
Throughout Sunday, ISIS claimed multiple attacks against US forces.
Multiple rocket attacks against US and foreign soldiers occurred at the Rumalyn Landing Zone in northeastern Syria earlier on Sunday, according to a US military spokesman, but no injuries or infrastructure damage was reported.
Since October 17, Iraqi armed groups have claimed over 70 such strikes on US forces in response to Washington’s support of Israel in its Gaza bombing.
Attacks have resumed after pausing during the most recent Israel-Hamas cease-fire.
The US launched two rounds of strikes in Iraq in November, claiming that armed groups with ties to Iran had attacked US personnel.
At least ten terrorists were killed in the strikes; they were recognized as members of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, an official security organization mostly made up of armed Shiite Muslim groups, as well as the clandestine militia Kataeb Hezbollah.
The strikes were denounced by the Iraqi administration as escalatory and a breach of the country’s sovereignty.
The United States claims to be advising and supporting local forces attempting to thwart a revival of Daesh, which in 2014 captured sizable portions of both countries before being routed, which is why it maintains 2,500 troops in Iraq and 900 in Syria.
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