Nearly 40 reported killed in US strikes in Iraq, Syria


Reuters :
The United States launched airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against more than 85 targets linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) and the militias it backs, reportedly killing more than 30 people, in retaliation for a deadly attack on US troops.

The strikes, which included the use of long-range B-1 bombers flown from the United States, were the first in a multi-tiered response by President Joe Biden’s administration to the attack last weekend by Iran-backed militants.

More US military operations were expected in the coming days. The strikes intensified a conflict that has spread into the region since war erupted between Israel and Hamas after the militant Palestinian group’s deadly assault on Israel on Oct 7.


Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said in a statement the US attacks represented “another adventurous and strategic mistake by the United States that will result only in increased tension in instability in the region”.

Iraq also condemned the US attacks, saying they had killed 16 people including civilians. In Syria, the strikes killed 23 people who had been guarding the targeted locations, said Rami Abdulrahman.