US strikes: Mahdi calls meeting of Iraq’s National Security Council

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The head of the Iraqi caretaker government, Adil Abdul Mahdi, called an emergency meeting of the National Security Council, after the US carried out air strikes targeting three locations of the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia group in Iraq and two in Syria.

According to latest reports quoting Iraqi security and militia sources, at least 18 militia fighters were killed and more than 50 wounded following three US air strikes in Iraq on Sunday.

Abdul Mahdi also said that he conveyed his strong objection to the American military action to US Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

The Islamic Dawa Party, a political party in Iraq, said it opposed “Iraq being used as an arena for settling accounts with Iran.”

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