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Iraq official says airstrike targets Iran-backed militia

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Posted at 7:08 PM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 20:16:42-05

An Iraqi official says an airstrike has hit two cars carrying Iran-backed militia north of Baghdad, one day after U.S. attack on top Iranian general Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The official said five members of the militia were killed.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters. The Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces confirmed the strike, saying it targeted one of its medical convoys near the stadium in Taji, north of Baghdad. The group denied any of its top leaders were killed.

A U.S. official said the reported attack near Taji was not an American military attack. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.