Repeated US strikes against Iran-backed armed groups in Iraq are pushing the Iraqi government to end the mission of the US-led coalition in the country, the prime minister’s military spokesman Yahya Rasool says.
The US military said a strike yesterday killed a commander from Kataib Hezbollah, an Iran-backed armed group in Iraq that the Pentagon has blamed for attacking its troops.
Rasool says in a statement that the US-led coalition “has become a factor for instability and threatens to entangle Iraq in the cycle of conflict.”
The US-led international military coalition in Iraq was set up to fight Islamic State. The United States has 2,500 troops in Iraq, advising and assisting local forces to prevent a resurgence of the group.
Since the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza began with the terror group’s October 7 onslaught, there have almost daily attacks by hardline Iran-backed armed groups on US forces stationed in the region.