- US Airstrikes Are a Violation of Sovereignty, Will Have ‘Grave Consequences’ – Iraqi Prime Minister
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has condemned US airstrikes on what he claims were “Iraqi armed forces,” saying that such attacks will have “grave consequences.”
On Sunday, US F-15 fighter jets struck three Kataib Hezbollah targets at Qaim near the Syrian border, and two in Syria. According to the Shiite militia group, at least 25 of their fighters were killed and nearly three dozen injured in the strikes. The Pentagon accused the group of “repeated attacks on Iraqi bases that host Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) coalition forces.”
“The prime minister described the American attack on the Iraqi armed forces as an unacceptable vicious assault that will have dangerous consequences,” read a statement from Mahdi’s office on Monday. Mahdi later added that the US strike was not based on evidence, but was a result of rising US/Iran tensions.
Though operating in Iraq, Kataib Hezbollah is funded by Iran. Washington has directly blamed Tehran for the group’s actions – which supposedly include a rocket attack on a coalition base in Kirkuk on Friday that killed an American contractor – and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned Iranian leaders of a “decisive US response” should they continue.