US strikes Iranian-backed terrorist group after 3 service members wounded


Three U.S. service members were wounded, one critically, in Iraq on Monday evening in what is only the latest attack on American troops in the Middle East by Iranian terror proxies. According to the White House, a kamikaze drone launched by Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah and affiliated groups struck Erbil Air Base in Iraq early on Christmas morning.

After being briefed on the attack, President Biden requested options for an American response to the attack and reviewed those options in the afternoon. The White House said Biden then directed strikes on facilities used by the Iran-backed terrorists for their drone operations targeting American troops. 

By Sunday evening, the Pentagon reported that CENTCOM forces had conducted "necessary and proportionate strikes on three facilities used by Kataib Hezbollah and affiliated groups in Iraq," saying the "precision strikes" were "intended to disrupt and degrade capabilities of the Iran-aligned militia groups directly responsible" for Sunday morning's attack that wounded U.S. service members. 

Per CENTCOM, the "early assessments" following the retaliatory strikes indicate that its forces "destroyed the targeted facilities and likely killed a number of Kataib Hezbollah militants" and there were "no indications that any civilian lives were affected."

"These strikes are intended to hold accountable those elements directly responsible for attacks on coalition forces in Iraq and Syria and degrade their ability to continue attacks.  We will always protect our forces," said General Michael Erik Kurilla, U.S. Central Command Commander.

Dan Butcher

Dan Butcher (aka HP Pundit) is not a Democrat or Republican. He is a free thinking independent bringing you news and commentary with a dose of much needed common sense.

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