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Iraqi resistance strikes back at US after American aerial assaults

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The Islamic Resistance, an umbrella group of Iraqi anti-terror groups, announces carrying out a raft of strikes against American targets in the Arab country and neighboring Syria in response to a flurry of US aerial assaults.

In a statement released in early Saturday, the resistance said it had conducted missile strikes against the Ain al-Assad Airbase housing US occupation forces in the western Iraqi al-Anbar Province as well as Harir in Erbil.

"In continuation of our path in resisting the American occupation forces in Iraq and the region, and in response to the massacres committed by the Zionist entity against our people in Gaza, today, Saturday, 3/2/2024, the fighters of the Islamic Resistance in Iraq attacked the American occupation base Harir in Erbil, northern Iraq, using drones," it said.

"The Islamic Resistance confirms its continuation in striking the enemies’ strongholds," it added.

The group also said it had staged missile and drone strikes against the strategic al-Tanf military base in southeastern Syria near the border with Jordan and Iraq as well as the al-Khadra Village in Syria's northeastern province of al-Hasakah.

Earlier, Reuters news agency cited three American officials as saying that the United States had carried out aerial attacks against 85 targets inside the Arab countries.

The US staged the so-called "retaliatory" assaults against those whom it alleged were responsible for a deadly attack against American forces in Jordan on Sunday.

The US Central Command claimed that the targets of the aerial attacks included depots containing rockets, missiles, and unmanned drones, saying, "The airstrikes employed more than 125 precision munitions."

US President Joe Biden said the strikes would continue at times and places of Washington’s choosing.

Repeating an earlier claim made by himself and other US officials, Biden had purported on Tuesday that he held Iran "responsible in the sense that they're supplying the weapons."

Iran has denied any involvement in the attacks on US forces in the region, saying regional resistance groups did not take orders from Tehran, nor did the Islamic Republic have a role in their decisions to carry out retaliatory operations.

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