Iraq: US airstrike in Baghdad allegedly kills militia leader

Source: ABC News

“The U.S. carried out an airstrike in Baghdad on Wednesday targeting a senior leader of an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq that was blamed for attacks on U.S. forces in the Middle East, according to U.S. Central Command. A U.S. official told ABC News that the airstrike was part of the retaliatory actions President Joe Biden authorized last week following the deadly attack on Jan. 28 on the Tower 22 base in Jordan that killed three American soldiers. … Kataib Hezbollah is an Iranian-backed Shiite militia in Iraq that the U.S. has said is responsible for most of the 168 attacks against U.S. bases in Iraq, Syria and Jordan. It was one of several Shiite militia groups that joined Iraqi government forces in battling the Islamic State group and became incorporated into Iraq’s military structure as Popular Mobilization Forces.” (02/07/24)