February 7th – U.S Central Command has carried out a high-value target strike against highly senior members of the pro-Iranian militia group Kataib Hezbollah in Baghdad, resulting in the death of senior leader Abu Baqer al-Saidi and Arkan al-Aliyawi.
The Pentagon has verified the operation in a statement, emphasizing its role in neutralizing threats to U.S. forces in the region. Among those killed was Abu Baqer al-Saidi, a high-ranking commander within the militia, directly implicated in orchestrating the drone attack on Tower 22 in Jordan, which resulted in the death of three U.S. troops.
The drone strike specifically targeted a moving SUV, identified as a Jeep Cherokee, carrying the militia leaders. Remnants on the ground indicate the use of the AGM-114R9X “Hellfire” Missile. The strike was executed with a high degree of precision and reports indicate that the aircraft involved was a MQ-9 Reaper launched from Ain al-Assad base, Iraq.
In anticipation, the Iraqi army has reportedly sealed off all entry points to this heavily fortified area, bolstering its defenses in preparation for potential confrontations. Historical encounters between the Iraqi army and various militias within the Green Zone have typically concluded with the militias’ withdrawal. However, given the current charged atmosphere, the outcome remains uncertain. There is reportedly Significant Deployment of Special Forces underway in case the situation escalates.
The US has carried out a high-value target strike against highly senior members of the pro-Iranian militia group Kataib Hezbollah in Baghdad, resulting in the death of leader Abu Baqer al-Saidi and Arkan al-Aliyawi. Remnants indicate the use of the AGM-114R9X “Hellfire” Missile. pic.twitter.com/bGGl3WfW2m
— Noah Schmidt (@noahsofx) February 7, 2024