US strikes kill 15 pro-Iran fighters in Iraq: Hashed official

Baghdad, Dec 30 (AFP/APP): Fifteen fighters, including commanders, were killed Sunday night in US strikes in western Iraq, an official told AFP.

The official said several fighters were also wounded in the strikes, which the Pentagon said targeted the Iraqi Kata’ib Hezbollah in response to a barrage of 30 or more rockets that was fired on Friday at an Iraqi military base, killing a US civilian contractor.

Repeated mortar and rocket attacks have since late October targeted American interests in the country, where the US has 5,200 troops deployed as part of the international coalition.

The Pentagon said in a statement it had carried out strikes against five Kata’ib Hezbollah facilities — three in Iraq and two in neighbouring Syria.

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