US Air Strikes in Iraq After Drone Attack by Iran-Affiliated Kataib Hezbollah Injured 3 US Troops at Erbil Air Base in Iraq

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Red Sea, Iraq, Iran (Map data ©2023 Mapa GISrael, Google, Inst. Geogr. Naional, GeoBasis-DE/BKG (©2009))
Red Sea, Iraq, Iran (Map data ©2023 Mapa GISrael, Google, Inst. Geogr. Naional, GeoBasis-DE/BKG (©2009)).

On Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, 2023, at President Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces conducted necessary and proportionate strikes on three facilities used by Kataib Hezbollah and affiliated groups in Iraq, according to a prepared statement from Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on U.S. Strikes in Iraq.

“These precision strikes are a response to a series of attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria by Iranian-sponsored militias, including an attack by Iran-affiliated Kataib Hezbollah and affiliated groups on Erbil Air Base earlier today, and intended to disrupt and degrade capabilities of the Iran-aligned militia groups directly responsible.

“Today’s attack led to three injuries to U.S. personnel, leaving one service member in critical condition. My prayers are with the brave Americans who were injured today.

And let me be clear – the President and I will not hesitate to take necessary action to defend the United States, our troops, and our interests. There is no higher priority. While we do not seek to escalate conflict in the region, we are committed and fully prepared to take further necessary measures to protect our people and our facilities.”

The risk of a wider war beyond the Israel-Hamas War is a concern as and Israeli air strike in Damascus, Syria killed a senior Revolutionary Guard, and as the United States has organized a coalition to attempt to protect Red Sea shipping lanes where cargo ships have been under attack by Iran-backed Houthi rebels based in Yemen.

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