Iraq Shiite group claims attack on US troops

By STAFF | June 10, 2011 | 4:57 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A Shiite militia group in Iraq says it is responsible for a deadly attack earlier this week that killed five American troops.

Kataib Hezbollah posted the claim on their website late Thursday.

The American military announced the deaths of the five American soldiers Monday, and said their base was hit by indirect fire, a military term for rockets and mortars.

The Iranian-backed group Kataib Hezbollah is one of three main Shiite militias operating in Iraq.

All are staunchly against the American military presence in Iraq and have vowed to oppose any move for U.S. troops to stay past their expected Dec. 31 departure date.

Kataib Hezbollah said they would continue to target American military bases.