Army jet fighters carried out “precision defensive strikes” on 5 websites of Kataeb Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Iraqi militia, Jonathan Hoffman, a spokesperson for the Pentagon instructed Fox Information. Two protection officers added that Air Force F-15 jet fighters carried out the strikes.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Protection Mark Esper and Nationwide Safety Adviser Robert O’Brien traveled Sunday to Mar-a-Lago in Florida to satisfy with President Trump and focus on the strikes, a senior administration official instructed Fox Information.
U.S. officers have blamed the militia for a rocket barrage Friday that killed a U.S. defense contractor, wounded four U.S. troops and two members of the Iraqi Safety Forces (ISF) close to Kirkuk, in northern Iraq.
Army forces stated the attackers fired greater than 30 rockets in Friday’s assault — the 11th rocket assault on U.S. and Iraqi forces since late October, in keeping with a U.S. protection official.
Five locations — together with three Kataeb Hezbollah areas in Iraq and two in Syria — had been focused, Hoffman stated in an announcement.
He stated the U.S. strikes will weaken the group’s skill to hold out future assaults on People and their Iraqi authorities allies.
Earlier this month, Pompeo blamed Iran for 2 separate rocket assaults on the Baghdad International Airport, on Dec. 9 and 11, the place U.S. and Iraqi forces are situated on the opposite aspect of the business airport.
Pompeo stated if any People had been harmed sooner or later, it will “be answered with a decisive U.S. response.”
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., responded: “In the present day’s strikes in opposition to Iranian-backed teams in Iraq and Syria are a justified response to the killing of an American and the wounding of a number of American service members and Iraqis. Tehran should cease attacking People or else face even graver penalties.”
Fox Information’ Wealthy Edson, Mike Emanuel and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.