Top commander Abu Baqir al-Saadi of Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed armed group in Iraq that the Pentagon linked to an attack that killed three U.S. soldiers, was killed in a drone strike on a vehicle in eastern Baghdad on Wednesday. at night, two security sources said. saying.
One of the sources said that three people were killed and that the vehicle attacked was used by Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a state security agency made up of dozens of armed groups, many of them close to Iran.
Kataib Hezbollah fighters and commanders are part of the PMF. Three American soldiers were killed in January in a drone strike near the Jordan-Syria border that the Pentagon said had the “footprints” of Kataib Hezbollah. The group then announced it would suspend military operations against US troops in the region.
Iraq and Syria have seen almost daily attacks between hardline armed groups backed by Iran and US forces stationed in the region since the Gaza war began in October.
U.S. officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday’s attack.
The United States attacked Iranian-backed Iraqi groups in Iraq and Syria last weekend in what it said was just the beginning of its response to the deaths of three American soldiers in a drone strike.
In January, a US drone strike killed a senior militia commander in central Baghdad, an attack that Washington said came in response to drone and rocket attacks on its forces.
On Wednesday, Iraqi special forces were on high alert in Baghdad and more units were deployed inside the Green Zone that houses international diplomatic missions, including the US embassy, a security source said.