Airstrikes kill 18 Iraqi forces near Syria-Iraq border – Reuters

Syrian media said unidentified planes hit targets southeast of the Syrian town of al-Bukamal, along the border with Iraq, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

According to reports, at least 18 members of the Iraqi popular forces have been killed in the border area of ​​eastern Syria.

Meanwhile, several local media reported that an area in Iraq’s Anbar province, bordering Syria, was also attacked by unidentified warplanes, according to Press TV.

The attacks came shortly after the US-led coalition confirmed that three of its members – two Americans and a Briton – had been killed in a rocket attack on the Taji military camp in Iraq.

Several sources reported that the strikes on Syrian and Iraqi territory were launched by the United States in retaliation for the attack on the Iraqi base and targeted the positions of Iraqi Popular Mobilization units in Anbar, RT reported.

In a statement, the US-led coalition said the Taji base north of Baghdad had been targeted by around 18 Katyusha rockets. He added that about a dozen coalition members were also injured in the raid.

“The attack is being investigated by the coalition and Iraqi security forces,” the coalition military said.

Earlier, the Iraqi Interior Ministry’s security media cell said in a statement that the incident took place in the evening when 10 rockets landed on Camp Taji, located about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) north of Baghdad.

The statement added that a Kia Bongo pickup truck equipped with a missile launcher was found south of Baghdad’s al-Rashidiya neighborhood. He had three missiles in his back.

Anti-American sentiment skyrocketed in Iraq following the assassination of Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC’s Al-Quds Force, as well as PMU deputy chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis , and their companions in a U.S. airstrike authorized by President Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3.

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