Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
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The U.S. introduced airstrikes in Iraq Thursday, American officers reported, concentrating on the Iranian-backed Shia militia associates believed accountable for the rocket assault that killed and wounded American and British troops at a foundation north of Baghdad.
1 U.S. official said multiple strikes targeted Kataib Hezbollah weapons facilities inside of Iraq. The strikes have been joint operation with the British, that official said. The officers spoke on situation of anonymity mainly because operations have been even now heading on.
The strikes marked a rapid escalation in tensions with Tehran and its proxy groups in Iraq, just two months right after Iran carried out a massive ballistic missile assault against American troops at a base in Iraq.