U.S. strike kills militia leader in Baghdad, officials say
Category: News & PoliticsBy: kavika • 3 weeks ago • 15 comments
A U.S. military strike in Baghdad on Wednesday killed the leader of a militia group that has plotted attacks on American troops throughout the region, officials said.
The operation targeted a key figure in an Iranian-backed group, Kata’ib Hezbollah, that the Biden administration has blamed for scores of attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria since October. American positions have been hit with drones, rockets or missiles at least 168 times in that span. An attack in Jordan on Jan. 28 that killed three U.S. soldiers was the first time one turned deadly.
Militias organized under the Islamic Resistance in Iraq have framed their attacks on U.S. personnel as a protest of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza and American support for it.
The latest strike is certain to cause an outcry in Iraq, where the government in Baghdad has forcefully objected to the bloodshed and complained about being caught in the middle of a fight between the United States and groups armed and trained by Iran.
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