US Strikes Kill Kataib Hezbollah Leader in Iraq

In a significant move, the United States conducted a strike in Iraq, resulting in the death of a senior leader of the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah.

The operation, confirmed by a senior U.S. official to CBS News, targeted a commander responsible for overseeing the group’s activities in Syria.

This action comes as part of the U.S.’s ongoing efforts to counteract threats posed by Kataib Hezbollah and similar groups.

U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) stated that the commander was directly involved in planning and executing attacks against U.S. forces in the region. CENTCOM also emphasized that the strike was executed with precision, avoiding civilian casualties and collateral damage.

Kataib Hezbollah has been implicated in numerous attacks on U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria, including a lethal drone strike in Jordan that resulted in the deaths of three U.S. soldiers and injuries to many others. The U.S. government attributes a series of aggressive actions against its forces to Kataib Hezbollah and other Iran-supported militias.

The strike is part of a broader strategy articulated by President Biden, aimed at responding decisively to the drone attack in Jordan.

Last Friday, the U.S. launched strikes against over 85 targets associated with militia groups and their Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps sponsors in Iraq and Syria, as detailed by CENTCOM. These targets included command centers, missile sites, and rocket caches.

According to Pentagon data, since October 17, there have been at least 168 attacks by Iranian-backed militia groups on U.S. forces stationed in Iraq, Syria, and Jordan. These attacks have led to the deaths of three U.S. service members, with two severely injured, nine seriously injured, and 132 sustaining minor injuries.

With information from CBS News

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