U.S. Launches Airstrikes Against Iranian-Backed Militia in Iraq After Deadly Rocket Attack

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(CBS NEWS) – The U.S. Defense Department said Thursday it launched airstrikes across Iraq against the facilities of an Iranian-backed militia, a “direct response” for a rocket attack a day earlier that killed two Americans and a British service member.

The strikes were aimed at five weapon storage facilities, the Defense Department said, and meant to reduce capabilities for future attacks against coalition forces. They were conducted against Kataib Hezbollah facilities.

The attack on Wednesday targeted Camp Taji base, located 17 miles north of Baghdad, and also wounded 14 others.

“These strikes were defensive, proportional, and in direct response to the threat posed by Iranian-backed Shia militia groups who continue to attack bases hosting [Operation Inherent Resolve] coalition forces,” the Defense Department said in a statement.

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