U.S. forces launch attack on Iran-backed militias after deadly rocket strike, Pentagon confirms

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 13th, 2020 7:44 am

The U.S. military used warplanes to launch strikes against multiple Iran-backed militias believed to be behind a rocket attack on Wednesday evening that killed two Americans and one British soldier, as well as wounded 12 others, according to a senior U.S. military source.

The strike hit several bases used by Kata'eb Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed militia that fired the 30-rocket attack on Wednesday at the Taji base. It targeted five weapons storage facilities.

A U.S. military source told Fox News that "the U.S. does not want to escalate the conflict with Iran," but rather send a deterrent message.

The Pentagon confirmed the strikes were in response to the rocket attacks.

"These strikes were defensive, proportional, and in direct response to the threat posed by Iranian-backed Shia militia groups (SMG) who continue to attack bases hosting OIR coalition forces," the Pentagon said in a statement.


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