Iraq says 13 pro-Iran fighters arrested for anti-US rocket attacks: AFP

A picture taken on March 13, 2020 shows of the areas targeted by US military air strikes against a pro-Iranian group in Iraq following the deaths of two Americans and a Briton in a rocket attack on a US base in Taji. (File photo: AFP)

Iraqi security forces arrested more than a dozen pro-Iran fighters overnight, in their first raid against those accused of anti-US rocket attacks, Iraqi officials told AFP early Friday.

Elite fighters from the Counter-Terrorism Service raided a headquarters in southern Baghdad used by Kata'ib Hezbollah, arresting 13 of them and confiscating the rocket launchers, three officials said.

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"Based on intelligence information, a CTS unit raided a base used by Brigade 45, seizing three rocket launchers and arresting 13 fighters," one of the officials said.

Since October, nearly three dozen attacks have targeted American interests in Iraq, including a range of military bases, the US Embassy in Baghdad and US oil companies.

They have killed Iraqi, US and UK military personnel. and military actors in Baghdad.

Last Update: Friday, 26 June 2020 KSA 02:45 - GMT 23:45