Iran-backed Popular Mobilisation Forces group in Iraq laments 'losses' from US airstrikes
Iraq's Hashd Al-Shaabi or Popular Mobilisation Forces paramilitary alliance said on Monday that US airstrikes had "resulted in the martyrdom of a group of heroic fighters" near the Syria border and threatened revenge.
"We will remain the shield defending our beloved nation, and we are fully ready... to respond and take revenge" following strikes announced on Sunday by the Pentagon, which a monitor said had killed at least five Iran-backed militia fighters.
Sources from the PMF told AFP four of the group's fighters had been killed in one raid in Iraq's vast western province of Anbar.
The Pentagon said it had conducted retaliatory targeted airstrikes against "facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups" on the Iraq-Syria border.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the targeted sites - two in Syria, one in Iraq - had been used by "Iran-backed militias" involved in drone attacks against US interests in Iraq.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had reported that "at least five" Iraqi fighters were killed and several wounded in strikes on the Syrian side of the frontier.
The war monitor, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria to collect information, said that military positions were among the targets hit.
Since the start of the year, there have been more than 40 attacks against US interests in Iraq, where 2,500 American troops are deployed as part of an international coalition to fight the extremist Islamic State group.