Watch – US fighter jets target 5 Iranian weapon depots in Iraq in retaliation for rocket attack that killed 3 soldiers

US fighter jets carried out airstrikes on Thursday night against multiple Iranian-backed terror sites in Iraq.

The strikes come one day after an Iranian-backed terror group launched a rocket attack on a base where coalition forces are located, murdering two American soldiers and one British service member. 

According to US defense officials, the manned aircraft targeted five weapons storage facilities.

The Defense Department stated the strikes were aimed at harming the ability of Kata’ib Hezbollah, an Iranian-sponsored Shia terror group, to conduct future strikes against American troops. The weapons storage facilities included areas where weapons used to attack American and coalition troops were stored.
“This evening, the US conducted defensive precision strikes against Kata’ib Hezbollah facilities across Iraq. These strikes targeted five weapon storage facilities to significantly degrade their ability to conduct future attacks against the US and coalition forces,” Pentagon Spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said.

“These strikes were defensive, proportional, and in direct response to the threat posed by Iranian-backed Shia militia groups who continue to attack bases hosting … coalition forces,” she added.

Military bases hosting US troops in Iraq have been attacked by ballistic missiles from Iran and mortar shells launched almost daily by local Iran-backed terrorists, before and after the elimination of arch-terrorist Qassem Soleimani.