December 30, 2019 / 3:41 PM / 24 days ago

U.S. air strikes will have 'dangerous consequences', Iraqi PM says

FILE PHOTO: Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi speaks during a symbolic funeral ceremony of Major General Ali al-Lami, who commands the Iraqi Federal Police's Fourth Division, who was killed in Salahuddin, in Baghdad, Iraq October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Monday condemned air strikes by the United States on several bases belonging to an Iranian-backed militia group in Iraq and said the attack would have consequences.

“The prime minister described the American attack on the Iraqi armed forces as an unacceptable vicious assult that will have dangerous consequences,” his office said in a statement.

The government will announce its official position following a meeting of the National Security Council later on Monday, Abdul Mahdi said.

Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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