Iraq: 40 Shiite paramilitary fighters killed in US airstrikes

A paramilitary Hashd Shaabi unit on Tuesday said that the U.S. forces pounded its posts near the border with Syria and killed dozens of its militants, warning that the attack will not go without punishment.

The U.S. forces carried out “heavy bombardment on Monday morning on the posts of Sayyd al-Shuhadaa Brigades in Akashat area near the border with Syria.

“It left large number of martyrs and wounded fighters,” the unit said in a statement emailed to Xinhua.

It said that group “holds the U.S. forces the responsibility for the consequences of the action.

“We declare that it will not go without punishment.”

According to the statement, the Shiite paramilitary unit also called on the Iraqi government to launch a probe into the incident, and urged the government of Iraq to protect its border with Syria

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