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Iran Warns of ‘Consequences’ After US Strikes in Iraq and Syria

Kata’ib Hizbollah waving their flag

by Elaine Nalikka Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local

On Sunday evening in the region, U.S. forces bombed five Kata’ib Hizbollah facilities spanning across Iraq and Syria (three in Iraq, two in Syria). The strikes came one day after a U.S. civilian contractor was reported to have been killed in a rocket attack on a Iraqi military base. Assistant to the Secretary of the Defense Jonathan Hoffman made a statement on Sunday that was published on the U.S. Central Command’s website. Hoffman stated the attacks were “in response to repeated Kata’ib Hizbollah attacks on Iraqi bases” and that “recent KH [Kata’ib Hizbollah] attacks included a…rocket attack on an Iraqi base near Kirkuk that resulted in the death of a U.S. Citizen and injured four U.S. Service members and two members of the Iraqi Security Forces.”

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The Kata’ib Hizbollah is funded and supported by Iran. It has been designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government since July 2, 2009.

Iranian Foreign Ministry

Today, a state-run Iranian news agency reported that Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi condemned the strikes and stated their would be consequences: “The US has demonstrated it’s decisive support for terrorism and disregard for independence and sovereignty of nations by launching these attacks, and it must accept the responsibility for the consequences of such illegal measures.”

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The Pentagon’s statement ends with urgency: “Iran and their KH [Kata’ib Hizbollah] proxy forces must cease their attacks on U.S. and coalition forces, and respect Iraq’s sovereignty, to prevent additional defensive actions by U.S. forces.”

Elaine Nalikka
passionate about criminal law and writing.

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