first published on December 29, 2019 by Will
In response to a rocket attack that left an American contractor dead and four US service members wounded, the US carried out airstrikes against Iranian militias in five locations across Iraq and Syria.
The Pentagon announced that they had struck three Kataib Hizbollah bases in Iraq and two in Syria, calling them defensive strikes to degrade KH’s ability to conduct future attacks against Operation Inherent Resolve coalition forces.
Kataib Hizbollah is facilitated by the Iranian Quds force. KH operated under the mainly Shia Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU) during the major operations to oust the Islamic State from control over Iraq.
On Friday, Kataib Hizbollah insurgents launched an estimated 30 rockets at the K1 military base in Kirkuk, which houses US troops. A US civilian contractor died in the strike, and at least four US troops were wounded.