Friday, February 23

U.S. Drone Strike Kills Kata’ib Hezbollah Leader in Baghdad, Pentagon Confirms

In a targeted drone strike in Baghdad, a senior leader of Kata’ib Hezbollah, a militia group implicated in recent attacks against American personnel, was killed, announced the Pentagon. The strike, conducted by U.S. Special Operations, aimed to dismantle the militia’s leadership structure.

According to both Kata’ib Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, two commanders were among those killed in the operation. However, Iraq’s security services condemned the strike, citing a violation of Iraqi sovereignty and warning of potential repercussions in the region.

Kata’ib Hezbollah, recognized as an Iranian proxy operating in Iraq, has long been designated a terrorist organization by the United States. The recent drone strike follows a retaliatory campaign initiated by President Biden after a Kata’ib Hezbollah-linked attack claimed the lives of three U.S. service members in Jordan in January.

U.S. officials have reiterated their commitment to reducing militias’ arsenals and preventing further attacks on American troops while emphasizing a desire to avoid escalating tensions into broader conflict in the Middle East.

National security experts and officials, speaking anonymously, have suggested that effectively neutralizing Iran-backed militias would necessitate a sustained, long-term effort akin to the extensive campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

As the situation unfolds, tensions between the United States and Iran-backed militias remain high, with the potential for further military engagements posing significant challenges to regional stability.