IP- A US air strike in northern Iraq near Kirkuk killed at least five members of Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba on Sunday.

Iran PressWest Asia: A US military official claimed that the attack was a "self-defense strike" against a drone launch site, according to AFP.

The strike came a day after Baghdad had warned Washington against "attacks" on its territory.

"A self-defense strike was carried out on a drone staging site," the US official said on condition of anonymity. It took place "in the vicinity of Kirkuk" and targeted "an imminent threat", he added.

The raid targeted a site used by an armed group affiliated with Hashed al-Shaabi, a coalition of former paramilitary forces integrated into Iraq's regular military, a senior security official in Kirkuk province said.


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