Iranian militia leader vows ‘tough’ response to Iraq, Syria airstrikes

A top leader of an Iranian-backed militia group vowed a “tough” response to the US military’s airstrikes that targeted the terror group Kata’ib Hezbollah’s bases in Iraq and Syria.

“The blood of the martyrs will not be in vain and our response will be very tough on the American forces in Iraq,” senior commander Jamal Jaafar Ibrahimi, also known by Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, said late on Sunday, Reuters reported.

Iran described the attacks as “terrorism.”

Mohandes is a senior commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, an organization of about 40 paramilitary groups mostly associated with Iran-backed Shiite militias.

He also is a main ally of Iran’s in Iraq and formerly headed up Kata’ib Hezbollah, the wire service said.

In Syria, the group is fighting alongside troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

F-15 jet fighters carried out the “defensive strikes” on five targets – three in Iraq and two in Syria


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