US Drone Strike Eliminates Militia Commander in Baghdad, Dealing a Decisive Blow to Attacks on US Forces

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 02/07/2024
In retaliation for assaults on US forces, including one that claimed the lives of three servicemen in Jordan last month, the US military claims to have killed a significant leader of a militia supported by Iran in a drone hit on Wednesday in Baghdad. According to a post on X by US Central Command, the leader of Kataib Hezbollah was "responsible for personally planning and engaging in strikes against US soldiers in the area." According to NBC News, the organization sent messages on its Telegram channel confirming Abo Baqir Al-Saadi's death.

According to officials, the attack, which struck a car on a busy road in eastern Baghdad, also claimed the lives of two other militia members, the AP notes. It is thought that Kataib Hezbollah, which is a member of the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an alliance of organizations supported by Iran, was the driving force behind the assault on Jordan. The attack on Baghdad comes after last week's retaliatory attacks on over 85 sites in Syria and Iraq.

According to The Washington Post, the drone attack in the nation's capital is "likely to raise an uproar in Iraq," where the government has said it is stuck between US soldiers and militants supported by Iran. According to the BBC, as the crew attempted to approach the burnt-out car, bystanders reportedly told them that they were not welcome as international journalists. Protesters were yelling, "America is the greatest devil," and there was a noticeable police presence at the location, according to the BBC.


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