December 30, 2019 / 7:43 PM / 2 months ago

Iraq to reconsider working with U.S.-led coalition after air strikes - statement

Iraqi people burn a U.S. flag in a protest after an airstrike at the headquarters of Kataib Hezbollah militia group in Qaim, in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq December 30, 2019. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq said on Monday that United States military air strikes targeting Iraqi paramilitary groups will force it to reconsider its relationship and work with the U.S.-led international anti-Islamic State coalition stationed there.

Iraq’s National Security Council said in a statement the U.S. air strikes were a violation of sovereignty and that U.S. forces acted based on their own political priorities and conclusions.

Protecting Iraq, its military bases, and all troops stationed there is exclusively the responsibility of Iraqi security forces, the council said.

Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Chris Reese

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