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IMMEDIATE RELEASE Secretary of Defense Jonathan Hoffman releases statement about Iraqi base air strike

Protesters stage a sit-in at Tahrir Square during anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Dec 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Protesters stage a sit-in at Tahrir Square during anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Dec 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Protesters stage a sit-in at Tahrir Square during anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Dec 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Protesters stage a sit-in at Tahrir Square during anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Dec 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Secretary of Defense Jonathan Hoffman releases statement about Iraqi base air strike

IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Statement From Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Jonathan Hoffman

In response to repeated Kata’ib Hizbollah (KH) attacks on Iraqi bases that host Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) coalition forces, U.S. forces have conducted precision defensive strikes against five KH facilities in Iraq and Syria that will degrade KH’s ability to conduct future attacks against OIR coalition forces.

The five targets include three KH locations in Iraq and two in Syria. These locations included weapon storage facilities and command and control locations that KH uses to plan and execute attacks on OIR coalition forces.

Recent KH strikes included a 30-plus rocket attack on an Iraqi base near Kirkuk that resulted in the death of a U.S. citizen and injured four U.S. service members and two members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF).

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