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.
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 mentioned the attackers fired greater than 30 rockets in Friday’s assault — the 11th rocket assault on U.S. and Iraqi forces since late October, based on a U.S. protection official.
Five locations — together with three Kataeb Hezbollah areas in Iraq and two in Syria — have been focused, Hoffman mentioned in a press release.
He mentioned the U.S. strikes will weaken the group’s capacity to hold out future assaults on People and their Iraqi authorities allies.
Earlier this month, Secretary of State Mike 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 positioned on the opposite aspect of the business airport.
Pompeo mentioned if any People have been harmed sooner or later, it could “be answered with a decisive U.S. response.”
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., responded: “Right now’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’ Mike Emanuel and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.