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At least 25 killed in US air strikes in Iraq

AT LEAST 25 people have been killed in US air strikes in Iraq, just two days after a US civilian was killed in a rocket attack, the Pentagon said on Sunday.

The US Defence Department claimed to have been targeting weapons caches and facilities linked to the pro-Iranian Kataib Hezbollah group.

US missiles also struck targets in eastern Syria after more than 30 rockets were fired from suspected militant bases on Friday.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: “We will not stand for the Islamic Republic of Iran to take actions that put American men and women in jeopardy.”

But Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi criticised Washington today.

“US military aggression against Iraqi soil and Iraqi forces is strongly condemned as a clear example of terrorism … and Iran strongly condemns it,” he told state news agency IRNA.

The attacks were also condemned by Iranian communists, who warned against the violation of both Iraqi and Syrian sovereignty.

Tudeh Party international secretary Navid Shomali told the Star: “Inevitably, this provocative military action by the US acts to further destabilise conditions in the already highly volatile region and may well trigger further conflicts. 

“All supporters of peace and detente should call for an end to the militarisation of the region and further military actions.”

Mr Shomali insisted that there could be no military solution to the crisis in the Middle East while a number of countries remain involved in “devastating proxy wars for domination and to further the influence of reactionary regimes including Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran.

“We believe that every effort must be directed towards achieving a stable peace based on the political resolution of all existing conflicts, whether in Iraq, Syria or Yemen,” he said. 

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