The US has killed the commander of Kataib Hezbollah, a high-value target from an Iran-backed militia, in a strike on Baghdad, Iraq.
Officials said on Wednesday that the man was “responsible for directly planning and participating in attacks on US forces in the region.” The attack was in direct retaliation for previous attacks on US service members.
USCENTCOM Conducts Strike Killing Kata’ib Hezbollah Senior Leader
At 9:30 p.m. (Baghdad Time) February 7, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) forces conducted a unilateral strike in Iraq in response to the attacks on U.S. service members, killing a Kata’ib Hezbollah commander… pic.twitter.com/Zhkjimx5UG
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) February 7, 2024
The US said there is no evidence of collateral damage or civilian casualties.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan had promised on Sunday that there would be more US responses to the attack on its Tower 22 base in the country of Jordan. This followed from the first retaliatory strike on Friday, which saw the bombing of 85 targets.
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