In an official statement, the US Department of Defense confirmed that the US conducted “defensive precision strikes” against five Kataib Hezbollah weapon storage facilities to “significantly degrade their ability to conduct future attacks against Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) coalition forces.” Kataib Hezbollah is an Iraqi Shia paramilitary group. The strikes are allegedly taking place in Babylon, located southwest of Baghdad, al-Arabiya reported.
“These strikes were defensive, proportional, and in direct response to the threat posed by Iranian-backed Shia militia groups (SMG) who continue to attack bases hosting OIR coalition forces,” the statement adds.
Reports citing the Iraqi army also state that the US also hit four popular mobilization forces sites including Ḥashd ash-Shabi headquarters. Ḥashd ash-Shabi, which is also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), is an Iraqi state-sponsored organization that is part of the Iraqi Armed Forces. One of the sites is believed to be an uncompleted airport in the Karbala province. There are also unconfirmed reports of two civilian casualties as a result of the US retaliatory strikes.
A video shared on Twitter shows the bombings and alleges that the airstrikes are bombing “PMF facilities including logistics and drone…