Air strikes in eastern Syria killed 26 Iraqi fighters from an Iran-backed paramilitary after a deadly attack on US-led coalition forces in Iraq, a monitoring group has said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Popular Mobilisation camps near the border town of Albu Kamal were hit.It was not clear who administered the strikes. The coalition didn’t comment.
But it followed a rocket attack on the Taji military base in Iraq that killed a British soldier and two Americans.
Another 12 coalition service personnel were injured by the 18 Katyusha rockets that were launched from a lorry later discovered a couple of kilometres from the bottom .
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the attack on the bottom “deplorable”, while US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said those responsible would be held accountable.
No-one claimed they launched the rockets, but the US has accused Iran-backed militias of 13 similar attacks on Iraqi bases hosting coalition forces within the past year.
The killing of an American civilian in one such incident in December triggered a round of violence which ultimately led US President Donald Trump to order the assassination of the highest Iranian general Qasem Soleimani while he was meeting the deputy commander of the favored Mobilisation in Baghdad the subsequent month.
A retaliatory Iranian missile strike on an Iraqi air station left quite 100 US troops affected by traumatic brain injuries (TBI).