Iraq accuses US-led coalition of Baghdad strike, condemns ‘unjustified’ attack

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Iraq said that the US-led international coalition bears responsibility for an “unjustified” attack on Thursday on an Iraqi security force, according to the prime minister’s office.

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“The attack is a dangerous escalation and a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty,” the office said.

“The Iraqi armed forces hold the international coalition forces responsible for this unjustified attack on an Iraqi security entity,” said a statement which described the militia group as an Iraqi force operating with the authorzation of Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani.

Iraq’s foreign ministry also condemned the attack which it described as an “aggression” on an Iraqi security facility.

“Iraq reserves its right to take a firm stance and take all measures that deter anyone who tries to harm its land and security forces,” the statement said.

A drone strike killed four members of an Iran-aligned Iraqi militia and wounded six in Baghdad on Thursday, police and security sources said.

Police sources and eyewitnesses said the drone had fired at least two rockets at a building in eastern Baghdad used by the Iraqi militia group Harakat al-Nujaba.

The rockets targeted a vehicle inside the Harakat al-Nujaba headquarters, police and militia sources said, adding that the dead included a local group commander and one of his aides. Health sources confirmed the death toll.

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