© Reuters. People examine a car, after what safety sources mentioned was a lethal drone strike, in Baghdad, Iraq, February 7, 2024. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad
By Ahmed Rasheed and Timour Azhari
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Senior commander Abu Baqir al-Saadi of Kataib Hezbollah, an Iran-backed armed group in Iraq that the Pentagon linked to an assault that killed three U.S. troops, died in a drone strike on a car in japanese Baghdad on Wednesday evening, two safety sources mentioned.
One of the sources mentioned three folks have been killed and that the car focused was utilized by Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a state safety company composed of dozens of armed teams, lots of them near Iran.
Kataib Hezbollah fighters and commanders are a part of the PMF. Three U.S. troops have been killed in January in a drone assault close to the Jordan-Syria border that the Pentagon mentioned bore the “footprints” of Kataib Hezbollah. The group then introduced it was suspending army operations towards U.S. troops in the area.
Iraq and Syria have witnessed near-daily tit-for-tat assaults between hardline Iran-backed armed teams and U.S. forces stationed in the area for the reason that Gaza conflict started in October.
U.S. officers didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Wednesday’s strike.
The U.S. struck Iran-backed Iraqi teams in Iraq and Syria final weekend in what it mentioned was only the start of its response to the killing of the three U.S. troopers in a drone assault.
In January, a U.S. drone strike killed a senior militia commander in central Baghdad, an assault Washington mentioned got here in response to drone and rocket assaults on its forces.
On Wednesday, Iraqi particular forces have been on excessive alert in Baghdad and additional models have been deployed contained in the Green Zone housing worldwide diplomatic missions together with the U.S. embassy, a safety supply mentioned.