A U.S. airstrike killed five members of an Iraqi armed group backed by Iran, north of the city of Kirkuk, as they prepared to fire on U.S. forces in the country.

This was reported by Reuters.

A U.S. military official said earlier that U.S. and international forces faced multiple missile strikes in northeast Syria, but there were no casualties or damage to infrastructure.

Iraqi armed groups have claimed more than 70 such attacks on U.S. troops since Oct. 17 because of Washington's support for Israel in its bombing of Gaza.

Attacks paused during the recent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, but have now resumed again.

In November, the U.S. launched two series of strikes against Iranian-linked armed groups involved in attacks on its forces.

As a result of these strikes, at least 10 militants were killed, who were identified as members of Hezbollah and other groups associated with Iran.

Earlier, it was reported that US bases in Iraq and Syria were attacked by missiles and drones.

In addition, we previously reported that unknown drones struck US military bases in Syria and Iraq.

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