Pentagon: US strikes Iran-backed group that hit Iraq base

Mark Esper
Posted at 8:33 AM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 08:33:40-04

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says the U.S. launched airstrikes in Iraq, targeting the Iranian-backed Shiite militia members believed responsible for the rocket attack that killed and wounded American and British troops at a base north of Baghdad.

U.S. officials say multiple strikes by U.S. fighter jets on Thursday hit five locations and mainly targeted Kataib Hezbollah weapons facilities inside Iraq.

A Defense Department statement says the strikes targeted five weapons storage facilities to significantly degrade their ability to conduct future attacks.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the United States “will not tolerate attacks” against its people, its interests or its allies.