Iraq condemned a US airstrike against the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) on its soil Monday, describing the overnight attack as a “blatant” violation of national sovereignty that breached international conventions.

Iran PressMiddle East: The unusually harsh condemnation from a military ally came after the Pentagon said Sunday that it had launched airstrikes on facilities on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border in response to recent drone attacks on US troops.

Two locations related to the PMU in Syria were attacked, along with one in Iraq, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement, which claimed the strikes as defensive. He said the locations were used by the Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada groups, which are both parts of the Iraqi PMU.

In a statement Monday, the Iraqi military rejected the idea that Iraq should be an “arena for settling scores,” describing the attack as a “blatant and unacceptable violation of Iraqi sovereignty, as well as a breach of international conventions.

“We call for calm and avoiding escalation in all its forms,” the statement said.

The presence of American forces in Iraq is an issue that has been protested by the people, the government and the resistance groups in Iraq.

In recent months, US positions and bases throughout Iraq have been repeatedly attacked by rocket fire from resistance forces.


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