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Iraqi government officials have criticized US airstrikes on Iran-linked targets in Iraq, claiming that they pose a threat to their country. This sentiment is expected to intensify calls for the US-led military coalition to withdraw from Iraq.
Iraqi government officials on Saturday condemned U.S. airstrikes on Iran-linked targets in Iraq, saying the attacks showed that U.S. forces had become a threat to their host country.
Militia officials have stated that 16 fighters were killed in the airstrikes, including five medics who died when a hospital at a base in western al-Anbar province was hit. The attacks have also caused civilian casualties and the destruction of homes near the targets. The US launched the airstrikes as retaliation for the killing of three US soldiers in a drone attack, blaming the strike on the Islamic Resistance in Iraq and Kataib Hezbollah.
The Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) made up of armed groups that are now part of Iraqi government security forces said seven of the 16 fatalities were killed when the U.S. bombed its al-Anbar province operations headquarters. It said at least 36 more people were injured and searches were ongoing for missing fighters.