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26 Iraqi fighters killed in coalition strikes

US-led coalition forces have carried out retaliatory air strikes in eastern Syria against Iraqi fighters from an Iran-backed paramilitary force, killing twenty-six people.

 The air attacks came barely hours after a deadly missile strike on US and other coalition personnel in Iraq, in which two American and 1 British soldiers were killed.

A monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said on Thursday that popular Mobilisation camps near the border town of Albu Kamal were hit.

It was not clear who carried out the strikes, as the coalition did not comment.

But it followed a Katyusha rocket attack on the Taji military base in Iraq that killed the Briton and Americans.

Another twelve coalition service personnel were injured by the eighteen rockets that were launched from a lorry later discovered a few kilometres from the base.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the attack on the base “deplorable”, while US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said those responsible would be held accountable.

No-one claimed they launched the rockets, but the US has accused Iran-backed militias of thirteen similar attacks on Iraqi bases hosting coalition forces in the past year.

In January, US President Donald Trump ordered the assassination of top Iranian military commander, Qassem Soleimani, in retaliation for what he termed the general’s acts of murder against US forces in the Middle East.

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