Iraq says US airstrikes ‘will have dangerous consequences’

Iraq condemned the United States on Monday for launching airstrikes against an Iranian-backed militia on its soil and warned the action could damage relations.

The country’s National Security Council said it would have to reconsider working with the US-led coalition against Islamic State.

US, British and other foreign troops are only able to operate in Iraq with the permission of the government. Any review of the relationship could lead to permission being withdrawn.

The warning came as US forces in Iraq were on alert for possible reprisal attacks war planes targeted the Kataib Hezbollah militia group on Sunday night in an escalation of tensions.

A military officer told the Reuters news agency: “I think they will retaliate.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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