Sunday, December 29, 2019

Iraq/Syria: US strikes 5 Kataib Hezbollah postions

(Al-Qaim)  In response to the 30+ missile attack carried out on the US K1 base in Kirkuk on Friday which killed 1 American civilian contractor and 2 Kurds. The US on Sunday evening stuck 5 bases belong to Kataib Hezbollah an Iranian Militia based either side of the  Iraq and Syria border with the positions stuck in Iraq based around the city of Al-Qaim. Assistant to the Secretary of Defence Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement to the media:

“In response to repeated Kata’ib Hizbollah attacks on Iraqi bases that host Operation Inherent Resolve coalition forces, US forces have conducted precision defensive strikes against five KH facilities in Iraq and Syria that will degrade KH’s ability to conduct future attacks against OIR coalition forces,”

Kataib Hezbollah’s leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was sanctioned by the US in 2009. His group has bases in Syria as well. One of those bases in Albukamal was hit in an airstrike in June 2018. His group has threatened the US in the past and he works closely with IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani.

Photos posted online on Saturday show the base plate vehicle used and 4 of the rockets which failed to launch. Revealing that they were 107 mm.-rockets and made in Iranian. The exact same rockets were intercepted by Israel in 2009 destined for the Lebanese Hezbollah.