The U.S. forces have conducted ‘precision defensive strikes’ against five Kata’ib Hizbollah (KH) facilities in Iraq and Syria, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement.
According to the statement, the strikes are in response to repeated KH attacks on Iraqi bases that host Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) coalition forces. The statement added that the strikes will degrade KH’s ability to conduct future attacks against OIR coalition forces.
The five targets include three KH locations in Iraq and two in Syria. These locations included weapon storage facilities and command and control locations that KH uses to plan and execute attacks on OIR coalition forces.
Recent KH strikes included a 30-plus rocket attack on an Iraqi base near Kirkuk that resulted in the death of a U.S. citizen and injured four U.S. service members and two members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). The KH attacks have also injured multiple members of the ISF.
The statement noted that the KH has a strong linkage with Iran’s Quds Force and has repeatedly received lethal aid and other support from Iran that it has used to attack OIR coalition forces. Quds Force is a unit in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) directed to carry out unconventional warfare and intelligence activities and is responsible for extraterritorial operations,
The statement warned that “Iran and their KH proxy forces must cease their attacks on U.S. and coalition forces, and respect Iraq’s sovereignty, to prevent additional defensive actions by U.S. forces”.