US military carries out 'defensive strikes' in Iraq and Syria
Offensive on Kata’ib Hezbollah sites comes after rocket attack on Iraqi military base
The US military has carried out what the Pentagon described as “defensive strikes” in Iraq and Syria against the Kata’ib Hezbollah militia group, two days after a US civilian contractor was killed in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base.
Iraqi security and militia sources said at least 18 militia fighters had been killed and more than 50 wounded following three US air strikes in Iraq on Sunday. At least four local Kata’ib Hezbollah commanders were among the dead, the sources said, adding that one of the strikes had targeted the militia group’s headquarters near the western al-Qa’im district on the border with Syria.