At least five fighters from a pro-Iran group were killed early Wednesday in Iraq by American strikes targeting two sites south of the capital Baghdad, two security sources told AFP.
Earlier, the US Middle East Military Command, Centcom, announced that it had carried out “precision strikes” on two sites in Iraq, in retaliation for recent attacks by pro-Iran groups against US troops and international coalition forces. anti-jihadists in Iraq and Syria.
This series of American strikes is the first in Iraq in a context of increased regional tensions for more than a month, following the war between Israel and the Palestinian movement Hamas in Gaza.
“Five members of the Hezbollah Brigades were killed by an aerial bombardment in the Jurf al-Sakhr sector,” an official within the Iraqi security services, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP on Wednesday.
An official from Hachd al-Chaabi, a coalition of ex-paramilitaries integrated into the regular forces, reported “five deaths and four wounded” among the fighters of this influential group.
Pentagon deputy spokesperson Sabrina Singh told reporters Tuesday that U.S. forces and the international anti-jihadist coalition deployed in Iraq and Syria had been targeted 66 times by rocket fire or drone strikes since the October 17, 10 days after the unprecedented attack on Israeli soil by Hamas.
In retaliation for attacks against American forces, Washington has already bombed sites linked to Iran three times in Syria. The United States also adopted sanctions against seven people affiliated with two pro-Iranian Iraqi armed groups, including the Hezbollah Brigades.