US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — The US claims to have attacked Iraq “for self-defense,” General Kenneth Mackenzie, commander of the US Central Command, told reporters.
“We should never wait for an attack on us to become inevitable,” Mackenzie told reporters at the Pentagon. According to him, the US operation sends a “clear and unambiguous” signal that they will not tolerate attacks against them.
The general also said that two aircraft carriers of the US Armed Forces will continue operations in the area of responsibility of the Central Command.
“Carriers are very important to us, and the Iranians are watching them closely,” Mackenzie said.
On Wednesday evening, more than 15 small missiles fell at the base of Taji, where coalition forces led by the United States are stationed. The home-made launcher was on a truck a few kilometers from the base. Earlier it was reported that the victims of the attack were three members of the coalition, another 12 were injured.
The official representative of the Joint Command of the Iraqi Armed Forces, Tahsin al-Khafaji, told RIA on Thursday that the Iraqi military also suffered as a result of the shelling.
After that, the United States delivered targeted attacks on five weapons depots of the Shiite group Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq.
Iraqi security services reported that six people died as a result of US air strikes at several sites in Iraq, including the Karbala airport under construction. The Iraqi Armed Forces condemned the US Air Force attack, noting that it “violates the principle of cooperation.”
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