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    Tensions between Washington and Baghdad escalated after the American military carried out airstrikes targeting five facilities of the Kata'ib Hezbollah Shia militia group in Syria and Iraq.

    Numerous Iraqi citizens have gathered outside the US Embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone, protesting against the latest airstrikes by the American military in the country.

    According to reports, Iraqis, who earlier attended the funerals of those killed in the military strikes, are burning American flags and shouting "Down, down, USA" and "Death to America".

    ​Sunday's airstrikes have reportedly killed 25 militia members and left 51 others injured. The operation was a response to an attack on a US base near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, however, no group claimed responsibility for the assault.

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