Assistant US Secretary of Defense: Our strikes were in response to recent attacks against international coalition bases

by Ali Ejam

Iraq News

3 Hours ago

Washington – “Liberation Yards”

US Assistant Secretary of Defense Jonathan Hoffman issued a statement saying:

In response to repeated attacks by Hezbollah brigades on Iraqi bases hosting the international coalition forces as part of Operation Solid Torque, American forces launched precise defensive strikes against five Hezbollah brigade facilities in Iraq and Syria that would deter and reduce the ability of Hezbollah’s writers to launch attacks in the future Against the coalition forces. ”

He explained that “the five targets include three locations of the Hezbollah Brigades in Iraq and two in Syria. These sites included weapons storage facilities and command and control sites that Hezbollah uses as the planning group to plan and execute attacks on coalition forces for Operation Solid Determination.

The recent strikes of the Hezbollah Brigades included 30 missile attacks on an Iraqi base near Kirkuk, which resulted in the death of an American citizen and the injury of four American service personnel and two members of the Iraqi security forces.

“The Hezbollah Brigades have a strong relationship with the Iranian Quds Force and are continuously receiving lethal aid,” weapons “from Iran, which Hezbollah Brigades used to attack the solid determination of coalition forces,” Hoffman noted.

He added, “The solid determination process of the international coalition is in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government to ensure the permanent defeat of ISIS and to provide advice and assistance to the Iraqi security forces.” The United States and its international coalition partners have full respect for Iraqi sovereignty and support a strong and independent Iraq. However, the United States will not be deterred from exercising its right to self-defense. ”

He concluded by saying, “It is important to note that the attacks of the Hezbollah Brigades also caused the injury of several members of the Iraqi security forces. Both US Defense Secretary Esper and Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi shared their commitment to seeing these attacks on Iraqi security forces and Operation Solid Resistance forces of the international coalition completely stop. Iran and its Hezbollah Brigades arm must stop the attacks on the United States and coalition forces, and respect the sovereignty of Iraq, to prevent any further defensive actions by US forces. ”

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