The United States once again did not consult Baghdad before striking five Kataib Hizbullah (KH) facilities inside Iraq on 12 March, according to Commander of US Central Command (USCENTCOM) General Kenneth McKenzie. A similar move in January prompted the Iraqi government to vote to expel US troops.
The four-star general briefed Pentagon reporters just hours after the US launched retaliatory attacks on KH after blaming the group, a militia backed by Iran, for killing two US troops and one British soldier.
“We assess that each location stored weapons that would enable lethal operations against US and coalition forces in Iraq,” Gen McKenzie said.
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