As a first public reaction to scores of assaults on American forces in the area, the US has launched two waves of strikes on Iraqi terrorists supported by Iran. The United States has supported Israel’s shelling of Gaza in response to assaults on Israel by the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, and this comes after a string of strikes on Iraq by Iran and forces sponsored by Iran.
As of the start of the assaults on October 17, a year-long unilateral ceasefire had been announced by several Iraqi groups with Washington, some of which were formed after the 2003 U.S. invasion to oppose U.S. forces and others in 2014 to counter Islamic State.
Following the 2003 U.S. invasion, certain Iraqi groups announced a unilateral ceasefire with Washington to oppose U.S. forces; in 2014, other factions declared a similar truce with Washington to counter Islamic State; the assaults have now destroyed this truce.
Iraqi militias with ties to Iran released a statement on Tuesday in which they claimed to be grieving the loss of a member who they said had been killed in combat with U.S. troops; the statement did not include any more details. His death is the first confirmed Iraqi fatality from the ongoing Gaza conflict, which has enlisted the help of other groups under Iran’s Axis of Resistance network of regional militias, including Hezbollah of Lebanon.
In response, the United States has launched four strikes on locations associated with Iran, three of them in Syria, striking storage facilities and command centers run by Iran and its proxy forces.
The United States military retaliated against insurgents supported by Iran that wounded many American service members in Iraq early on Tuesday morning local time, as reported by U.S. sources.
Several U.S. military men were slightly wounded when terrorists attacked al-Asad Airbase in western Iraq with ballistic missiles thrown from a vehicle. U.S. soldiers have not been targeted by a close-range ballistic missile since the current round of strikes on them started in Iraq and Syria on October 17.
Around 70 American service members have had non-life-threatening injuries or traumatic brain injuries during that period, as reported by the Pentagon.