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    US Strikes Three Facilities in Iraq Following Attacks on American Forces by Iran-Backed Militias

    US Strikes Three Facilities in Iraq Following Attacks on American Forces by Iran-Backed Militias

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. military struck three facilities in Iraq on Tuesday, targeting an Iranian-backed militia in retaliation for missile and drone attacks on American troops in Iraq and over the past several days, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said.

    The U.S. strikes hit militia facilities in Jurf al-Sakhar, which is south of , al-Qaim and another unnamed site in western Iraq, two U.S. officials said.

    “At President Biden's direction, U.S. military forces conducted necessary and proportionate strikes on three facilities used by the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia group and other Iran-affiliated groups in Iraq,” Austin said in a statement. “These precision strikes are in direct response to a series of escalatory attacks against U.S. and Coalition personnel in Iraq and Syria by Iranian-sponsored militias.”

    The strikes came hours after the U.S. said militants fired two one-way attack drones at al-Asad , injuring U.S. service members and damaging infrastructure. And they followed the militia's most serious attack this year on the air base, when it launched multiple ballistic missiles on Saturday.

    U.S. Central Command said the U.S. attack targeted headquarters, storage, and training locations for rocket, missile, and one-way attack drone capabilities of the group.

    In Tuesday's drone attacks against al-Asad, U.S. defenses were able to intercept the first drone but it crashed on base and…

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