The US carried out a drone strike within the Iraqi capital on Wednesday night that killed three members of the Kataib Hezbollah militia, together with a senior commander. Washington’s Central Command (CENTCOM) has taken accountability for the assault.
A automobile through which the trio was touring was struck within the Mashtal neighborhood of Baghdad, at round 9:30pm native time. Local outlet Sabereen News described the assault as “American aggression.”
Photos circulating on social media confirmed the remnants of what appears to have been a Hellfire missile, generally utilized by US assault drones.
Two of the lifeless have since been recognized as Haj Arkhan Al-Alawi and Wissam Mohammed ‘Abu Bakr’ al-Saadi, who was in control of Kataib Hezbollah’s operations in Syria.
In an announcement posted on X, (formetly Twitter), CENTCOM mentioned it had carried out “a unilateral strike in Iraq in response to the attacks on US service members, killing a Kataib Hezbollah commander responsible for directly planning and participating in attacks on US forces in the region.”
The US has blamed Kataib Hezbollah for final month’s assault that killed three US troopers at a base on the Syria-Jordan-Iraq border. Following a sequence of retaliatory US airstrikes, the group introduced it could “suspend” assaults.
Local media in Baghdad have reported that crowds of protesters gathered on the strike web site chanting slogans branding the US “Greater Satan.”
Al-Saadi is probably the most senior Kataib Hezbollah member to have been killed in Iraq for the reason that January 2020 drone strike that killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Tehran had responded to that assassination by bombarding US bases with ballistic missiles.
Shia militias have attacked US bases within the area with rockets and drones at the very least 150 instances since final October, following Israel’s declaration of battle on Hamas within the aftermath of the militant group’s lethal raids from Gaza.
The White House has blamed Tehran for the assaults, however has stopped in need of attacking Iran as some members of Congress have demanded. The US has continued to station troops in Iraq even after the federal government in Baghdad explicitly requested them to go away. The Pentagon’s presence in Syria is prohibited beneath worldwide regulation.
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