Kataib Hezbollah, a prominent faction within the Iraqi paramilitary forces and closely aligned with Iran, declared a halt to its military activities against US forces stationed in Iraq and Syria. This announcement came amidst increasing tensions following a drone strike that resulted in the death of three US soldiers, an incident the Pentagon suggests bears the hallmarks of Kataib Hezbollah involvement.
The group’s Secretary-General, Abu Hussein al-Hamidawi, articulated that the suspension was intended to avoid causing any “embarrassment” for the Iraqi government. Despite the cessation of direct military action, Kataib Hezbollah has expressed its continued commitment to defending its positions, albeit through alternative methods.
This pause follows statements from multiple US officials indicating that the United States is gearing up for a series of significant strikes against the group. Concurrently, there have been unconfirmed reports suggesting potential strikes on IRGC targets to undermine Iran’s military capabilities.