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Iraq official says airstrike targets Iran-backed militia

Protesters demonstrate over the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard...
Protesters demonstrate over the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 3, 2020. Iran has vowed "harsh retaliation" for the U.S. airstrike near Baghdad's airport that killed Tehran's top general and the architect of its interventions across the Middle East, as tensions soared in the wake of the targeted killing. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)(NBC15)
Published: Jan. 3, 2020 at 5:58 PM CST
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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.