The United States is “moving on the wrong path” and must stop its interference in the region, Iran’s foreign ministry said on Monday following US military airstrikes against pro-Iranian militias in Iraq and Syria.
“Rising tension in the region is not in the interest of the United States of America,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
In response to drone attacks by the group against US personnel and facilities in Iraq, the Pentagon said early Monday that it had carried out airstrikes against the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) militias in Iraq and Syria.
The PMUs, known as the Hashd al-Shaabi in Arabic, said that the airstrikes had “resulted in the martyrdom of a group of heroic fighters.”
“We will remain the shield defending our beloved nation, and we are fully ready… to respond and take revenge,” it added.
According to PMUs sources, four fighters were killed in one operation in Iraq’s al-Anbar province.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in the United Kingdom, said attacks on the Syrian side of the border killed “at least five” Iraqi fighters and injured many more.
Military positions were among the targets hit, according to the war monitor, which collects information from a network of informants inside Syria.
Since the start of the year there have been more than 40 attacks against US interests in Iraq, where 2,500 American troops are deployed as part of an international coalition to fight ISIS.
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