Iraq condemned on Tuesday the targeting of pro-Syria paramilitary troops in eastern Syria after an airstrike killed mostly Iraqi Shiite forces deployed to fight the Islamic State group.
In a statement, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry expressed "rejection and condemnation of airstrikes targeting troops deployed in areas where they are fighting Daesh, whether in Iraq or Syria." Daesh is the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.
Targeting these troops "is a support to Daesh to regroup and to expand," the statement added. It called for continuing coordination between the U.S.-led coalition and troops on the ground to support them in the fight.