Iraq warns of consequences after US air strikes
The US' strikes came in retaliation to a Wednesday rocket attack on Baghdad's Camp Taji military base, which killed two Americans and one British soldier.
Iraq's foreign ministry announced a decision to file a complaint to the United Nations, according to Reuters, in addition to summoning American and British ambassadors.
"The pretext that this attack came as a response to the aggression that targeted the Taji base is a false pretext; one that leads to escalation and does not provide a solution," Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said in a statement.
The US stated the targets were legitimate and stored Iranian-supplied weapons used by the Kataib Hezbollah militia to attack the American-led coalition.
"These locations that we struck are clear locations of terrorist bases," said Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US military’s Central Command.
"If Iraqis were there and if Iraqi military forces were there, I would say it’s probably not a good idea to position yourself with Kataib Hezbollah in the wake of a strike that killed Americans and coalition members," he told a Pentagon news briefing, according to Reuters.Hours before launching the missile strikes, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper stated: "The United States will not tolerate attacks against our people, our interests, or our allies."
Friday's air strikes marked the latest major escalation in tensions between Tehran and Washington.
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