US launches retaliatory airstrikes on Iran-backed group in Iraq

The US military launched retaliatory airstrikes targeting an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq on Thursday.

Airstrikes were launched against several targets belonging to the militia believed to be responsible for killing two Americans and one British soldier a day earlier.

The Kata’eb Hezbollah weapons facilities were struck, an official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press.

Earlier Thursday, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the top general commanding US forces in the Middle East, said the Kata’eb Hezbollah likely launched Wednesday night’s rocket attack on Camp Taji base.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday also made clear the US knew who was behind Wednesday’s attack.

“We’re going to take this one step at a time, but we’ve got to hold the perpetrators accountable,” Esper told reporters at the Pentagon.

“You don’t get to shoot at our bases and kill and wound Americans and get away with it.”

With Post wires

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