A U.S.-conducted drone strike in Baghdad killed four members of an Iran-aligned Iraqi militia, including a high-ranking commander. The strike, confirmed by U.S. officials, was aimed at a militia leader believed to be behind attacks on U.S. forces. It was a precision strike on a vehicle, targeting a leader of Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, a Shi’ite military group linked to Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces.
- The strike killed four members of Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, including its deputy head of operations in Baghdad.
- The U.S. confirmed its responsibility, stating the action was taken to protect U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria.
- Iraqi military condemned the attack as unprovoked and held International Coalition Forces responsible.
The strike has escalated regional tensions amidst the ongoing Israel-Hamas war and calls by Iraqi officials for U.S.-led coalition forces to leave Iraq. This incident adds to the series of recent attacks on U.S. forces in the region, with at least 115 attacks reported since October 17. The U.S. response and its implications are yet to be fully understood, as further comments from the State Department and the White House are awaited.