The United States killed one of the leaders of the Kataib Hezbollah armed militia, supported by Iran, with a drone bombing in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, this Wednesday (7), according to Reuters.
With this, the Pentagon confirmed that the dead man was a leader of Kataib Hezbollah, an armed militia that is part of the Hezbollah Brigades and that was responsible for the drone attack in Jordan last month, which killed three American soldiers and injured more than 40.
“US forces carried out a unilateral attack in Iraq in response to attacks against the US military, killing a Kataib Hezbollah commander responsible for direct planning and participation in attacks against US forces in the region,” said a statement from the US Armed Forces.
Therefore, this Wednesday’s bombing (7) is part of a series of attacks that the US government, led by Joe Biden, has carried out in response to the drone attack in Jordan. The Iranian government said it would retaliate against any attack carried out by the US.
The Armed Forces statement does not mention the name of the Kataib Hezbollah commander and states that there is no evidence of civilian casualties.
Two security sources interviewed by Reuters on condition of anonymity said the dead commander was Abu Baqir al-Saadi, who was inside a vehicle.
One of the sources interviewed by Reuters stated that three people were in the attacked vehicle and died. According to the source, the vehicle was used by Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a security agency made up of dozens of armed groups, many of them close to Iran.
Furthermore, according to US officials interviewed by the “New York Times”, the attack was a “dynamic” blow to the militia commander, who was already monitored by US intelligence. Officials also indicated that the country could attack other Shiite militia leaders and commanders in the future.