Iraq warns of disastrous consequences for region after US strikes

The US has launched strikes on 85 targets in Syria and Iraq in response to last Sunday’s drone attack on a US military base

The White House had blamed an Iran-backed militia umbrella group for the attack that killed three US soldiers

Iraq says that the US retaliatory strikes will bring disastrous consequences for the region and that civilians were among 16 people killed

The US says its forces conducted airstrikes against Iran-backed militia groups based in Iraq and Syria

“Our response began today. It will continue at times and places of our choosing,” President Biden said in a statement on Friday

Iran has denied involvement in the attack on the US base, calling the accusations “baseless” and saying it was “not involved in the decision-making of resistance groups”

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