Hundreds of Iraqis are attempting to storm the US Embassy in Baghdad following deadly airstrikes on Shia militia in Iraq.
Pentagon said it had targeted three locations of the Iranian-backed Shiite militia group in Iraq and two in Syria. The locations included weapons storage facilities and command and control locations the group had used to plan and execute attacks on coalition forces, it said.
A US official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the strikes were carried out by F-15 fighter jets.
Iraqi protesters have attacked the US embassy in Baghdad and tried to storm it
Hundreds of Iraqi mourners are trying to storm the US Embassy in Baghdad following deadly US airstrikes this week that killed 25 fighters from an Iran-backed Shia militia in Iraq.
The mourners held funerals for the killed in a Baghdad neighborhood, after which they marched on to the heavily fortified Green Zone on Tuesday and kept walking till they reached the sprawling US Embassy there.
AP journalists saw the crowd try to storm the embassy, shouting “Down, down USA!”
US military carried out air strikes on Sunday in Iraq and Syria against the Kataib Hezbollah militia group in response to the killing of a US civilian contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base.
Iraqi security and militia sources said at least 25 militia fighters were killed and at least 55 wounded following three US air strikes.
At least four local Kataib Hezbollah commanders were among the dead, the sources said, adding that one of the strikes had targeted the militia group’s headquarters near the western Qaim district on the border with Syria.
Iraq’s government warned on Monday that its relations with the United States were at risk after deadly American air strikes against a pro-Iran group sparked anger on the streets, with protesters torching US flags.
Baghdad said it would summon the US ambassador while Washington responded by accusing Iraqi authorities of having failed to “protect” US interests.
At least 25 fighters were killed in Sunday night’s attacks, which saw US planes hit several bases belonging to the Hezbollah Brigades, one of the most radical factions of Hashed al-Shaabi, a Tehran-backed Iraqi paramilitary coalition.