Iraq military says US strikes kill five troops, one civilian

A picture taken on March 13, 2020 shows the entrance of Karbala airport in the Iraqi shrine city. (AFP)

US air strikes targeting pro-Iranian military factions in Iraq early Friday killed one civilian and five security personnel, the Iraqi military said.

Three of the dead were Iraqi soldiers and two policemen, the military statement said, adding that 11 Iraqi fighters were also wounded, some of them critically.

The civilian was a cook working at the unfinished Karbala airport, where another civilian employee was also wounded in the raids.

The volley of strikes was in response to a rocket attack on an Iraqi base late Wednesday that killed two US military personnel and one British soldier.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57