The U.S. stated Wednesday it killed in Iraq a senior commander with the Iranian-backed militia group Kata’ib Hezbollah who was concerned in planning assaults on American troops.
The commander was killed throughout a strike that befell round 9:30 p.m. native time, in accordance with U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).
“The USA will proceed to take needed motion to guard our folks,” CENTCOM said in a statement. “We won’t hesitate to carry accountable all those that threaten our forces’ security.”
CENTCOM stated there have been no civilian casualties or collateral injury from the strike.
The strike hit a automotive in a busy part of jap Baghdad, killing the commander and two different Kataib Hezbollah officers, in accordance with The Related Press.
Professional-Iranian statements on Telegram and on state-run media channels named the slain commander as “Abu Bakr” al-Saadi, a high-ranking Kataib Hezbollah official.
The strike is the most recent U.S. navy motion towards Iranian-backed militia teams and the primary assault in Iraq since Washington hit greater than 85 targets final week throughout Iraq and Syria in response to the demise of three American troops in Jordan in late January, which the Biden administration stated was carried out by Iranian proxies.
Final week’s strikes, performed by B-1 bomber planes, focused Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of Iranian-backed militia teams. Whereas the U.S. motion was meant to discourage extra aggression, the Iranian proxies have continued attacking American and allied bases within the area.
The U.S. formally blamed the Islamic Resistance in Iraq for the lethal assault in Jordan. However the Pentagon additionally advised that Kataib Hezbollah might have been behind the assault, with deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh saying the assault had the “footprints” of the militia group.
After the Jordan assault, Kataib Hezbollah stated it was suspending navy operations towards American forces in Iraq to keep away from embarrassment to the Iraqi authorities.
The U.S. has continued to hold out strikes in Iraq regardless of repeated condemnation from the Iraqi authorities, which is engaged in ongoing talks with Washington on the way forward for the American navy presence within the nation.
The U.S. additionally killed a senior Iranian-backed militia group chief from a bunch separate from Kataib Hezbollah in early January.
Iranian-backed teams have attacked U.S. troops greater than 160 occasions in Iraq, Syria and Jordan since Oct. 17, which the militia teams say is in response to American help for the Israeli struggle towards Hamas in Gaza that broke out on Oct. 7.
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