U.S. Strike Kills Kataib Hezbollah Commander in Baghdad
A Kataib Hezbollah commander and two others were killed when their vehicle was hit by a United States-launched drone strike in Baghdad on Wednesday. A few hours later, explosions were reported near a U.S. Army base in Syria.
The U.S. Central Command did not name the commander but said he was “responsible for directly planning and participating in attacks on U.S. forces in the region.” Two anonymous security sources later said the commander was Abu Baqir al-Saadi, who oversaw Kataib Hezbollah’s operations in Syria.
The vehicle targeted was said to be used by Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, a state-controlled security agency made up of several Iran-backed militias.
“There are no indications of collateral damage or civilian casualties at this time,” reported the U.S. Central Command.
Dauntless: The group released a statement in response:
This calls for steadfastness on the path of jihad. Our response will be decisive, and these crimes will not go unpunished. Let this be our path and our foremost cause from now on and onwards.
Retaliation? Soon after Saadi’s assassination, Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese media network Al-Mayadeen reported explosions near an American military base in the al-Omar oil field in the Kurdish-controlled region of northeastern Syria.
Bayan-gate, an Egypt-based news agency, said the explosions were from a “swarm of suicide drones,” and it linked them to the U.S.’s retaliatory strikes against Iran-backed militias. According to Egyptian media, infrastructure and military equipment were hit, but no military personnel were harmed.
If these reports are true, this would be the third attack on a U.S. base in the Middle East since Friday when the U.S. launched a series of strikes on militia targets in response to the attack on the U.S. base in Jordan.
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