Ten people have been reported killed after Iraqi and US forces clashed with an Iranian-backed Shia terror group in a southern Iraqi province on the border with Iran.
The battle began after US and Iraqi forces conducted a raid against the Hezbollah Brigades in the village of Duwayjat, north of the city of Amarah in Maysan province. Fighters from the Iranian-backed Hezbollah Brigades waited in ambush for the joint US and Iraqi force to enter the village.
"The joint security team was fired upon by individuals dispersed in multiple residential buildings," according to a statement released by US Forces - Iraq, a part of which was reprinted by Reuters. "Members of the security team returned fire, killing individuals assessed to be enemy combatants," the military said in a statement. It is unclear if those killed were civilians or Hezbollah Brigades fighters.
"While the number of casualties has not yet been confirmed, initial reports indicate five individuals were killed," the US Forces - Iraq statement read.
Rafia Abduljabar, the Governor of Maysan, claimed that 10 Iraqis were killed and five more were wounded. Twelve people were also detained. Abduljabar did not say if those killed were Hezbollah Brigades fighters, civilians, or both.
“The Maysan council will hold an urgent meeting this afternoon to discuss the incident,” Abduljabar told Voices of Iraq.
In a related operation, Iraqi security forces detained 22 Hezbollah Brigades fi... >>>
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