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Iraq says US strikes on Iran-backed groups pushing Baghdad toward ending coalition’s mission

Civil defense members gather at the site of a burned vehicle targeted by a US drone strike in east Baghdad, Iraq, February 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
Civil defense members gather at the site of a burned vehicle targeted by a US drone strike in east Baghdad, Iraq, February 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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.

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