The US military conducted retaliatory airstrikes across Iraq, targeting facilities of the Kataib Hezbollah, attempting to destroy weapons allegedly used by Iran-backed militias against coalition forces.
The US Department of Defence said in a statement that Thursday’s strikes were “defensive, proportional, and in direct response” to the threat posed by Iranian-backed Shia militia groups.
NEW: Unverified video footage of effects of US/UK aerial bombardment of Iraq tonight. pic.twitter.com/7NCnkLfZ0B
— Afshin Rattansi (@afshinrattansi) March 12, 2020
Several short clips alleging the Pentagon’s responsive strikes surfaced on social media later in the day. The first vague and shaky video shows the alleged moment of a projectile’s detonation. An eyewitness who caught the bombardment on video, attempts to flee the dangerous area.
— Wisam Abulhaija (@WisamAbulhaija) March 12, 2020
Another clip is more dubious. In a night video claiming to depict “U.S air strikes”, a sound alleged to be that of low-flying jets is audible. The quality of the video does not clearly indicate the region and the circumstances of the subject matter.
— Aleph 🕯️ א (@no_itsmyturn) March 12, 2020
A third video alleges tightened security around the US embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone, where a majority of government offices are located. There has been no official statement issued by any actor regarding the videos.