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US retaliates with missile strikes in Iraq

US retaliates with missile strikes in Iraq
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The U.S. launched airstrikes Thursday against an Iran-backed militia group that hit a military base in Iraq, the Pentagon said.

On Wednesday, Iranian-backed militia groups in Iraq killed two U.S. troops and one British soldier. Earlier Thursday top Pentagon officials said “all options are on the table” for a response.

“The United States will not tolerate attacks against our people, our interests, or our allies,” Secretary of Defense Mark EsperMark EsperThe paradox of US-India relations Overnight Defense: Trump-era land mine policy unchanged amid review | Biden spending outline coming Friday | First lady sets priorities for relaunched military families initiative Biden to keep Trump-era land mine policy in place during review MORE said in a statement. “As we have demonstrated in recent months, we will take any action necessary to protect our forces in Iraq and the region.”

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The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq on Wednesday evening announced that 18 Katyusha rockets hit Camp Taji north of Baghdad, killing three and wounding 12. 

"The death of two US service members at the hands of an Iranian-backed militia demands action," former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonColin Kahl's nomination will be a disaster for Israel and the region Why is the Biden administration more interested in confrontation than cooperation? Trump offered North Korea's Kim a ride home on Air Force One: report MORE tweeted. "Iran's continued capability to strike at our forces through regional proxies demonstrates the need for prompt retaliation, not simply relying on 'maximum pressure.'"