Iraq denounces the ‘irresponsible’ US airstrikes against forces supported by Iran

The US strikes on Wednesday that targeted locations utilized by Iranian-backed militants in Iraq have been harshly denounced by the Iraqi administration. According to an aide to Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, they “blatantly” infringed upon the sovereignty of his nation. According to the US, “Iran-affiliated groups” were the target of its “proportionate” attacks. According to the paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), one of its men was killed by the “treacherous” US attack.

The PMF, which is primarily made up of Shia Muslim militias supported by Iran, stated that many additional fighters had been hurt in attacks on their camps in Jurf al-Nasr, in the central province of Babil, and in al-Qaim, a town in western Anbar province that borders Syria. The strikes on three Kataib Hezbollah militia and other groups’ installations, according to US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, were “in direct response to a series of escalatory attacks” against US and other international forces in Iraq and Syria.

A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Sudani, Major General Yehia Rasool, stated in a statement that the US action was “contributing to a reckless escalation”. The war between Israel and the Palestinian organization Hamas is being discussed. “This unacceptable act undermines years of co-operation… at a time when the region is already grappling with the danger of expanding conflict, the repercussions of the aggression on Gaza,” he continued. In addition, he declared that Iraq would view the US actions “as acts of aggression” against its citizens on their territory and pleaded with the world to support the efforts to bring about peace.

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