BAGHDAD, Feb. 08 (YPA) – The US military announced that it carried out a drone strike against the eastern section of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, killing three people, including a senior commander of Iraq’s Kata’ib Hezbollah resistance group.
The Wednesday strike came “in response to the attacks” on US troops and killed “a Kata’ib Hezbollah commander responsible for directly planning and participating in attacks on US forces in the region,” the military’s Central Command said on social media.
Kata’ib Hezbollah identified the senior commander as Abu Baqr al-Saadi, and referred to the rest of the victims as other ranking officials.
Citing “two security sources,” Reuters news agency said the attack targeted a vehicle belonging to Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi or Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) umbrella anti-terror group, of which Kata’ib Hezbollah is a member.
The attack came nearly a week after the United States carried out a series of airstrikes against at least 85 targets at seven locations across Iraq and neighboring Syria, using more than 125 “precision munitions.”