US airstrikes kill eight Kataib Hezbollah members in Baghdad

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United States: The United States recently launched airstrikes on the south of Baghdad. According to reports, the attack killed around eight members of the Iran-aligned Iraqi paramilitary group – Kataib Hezbollah.

On Wednesday, the airstrike was condemned by the government of Iraq, saying that they were a “dangerous escalation” that was not coordinated with authorities, according to Reuters.

Reportedly, since Tuesday, two series of strikes have been conducted by the United States. The attacks have resulted in the destruction of a Kataib Hezbollah operations center, along with a command and control mode. According to the officials, the attack has been conducted in response to over 60 attacks by Kataib Hezbollah in the region.

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The reports have underscored that the authorities of the United States were avoiding responding because of the political turmoil in Baghdad. The US also did not want to contribute towards the regional spillover amid the ongoing conflict between Gaza and Hamas.

The reports by news agency Reuters have underlined that the attacks were initiated on October 17 by the Iraqi militia groups. Several sources, which are closely associated with the matter emphasized that the attack was launched against the United States because of its support for Israel amid continuous bombardment in Gaza following the attack by the militant group Hamas on Israel.

How did Kataib Hezbollah react to the strike?

A statement was released by Kataib Hezbollah following the latest strikes. It underscored that around eight of its members were killed during the attack. Furthermore, it warned to attack a wider array of targets if the strikes and attacks didn’t stop by the US.

Kataib Hezbollah Flag | Credits: Reuters

According to the reports by Reuters, the Iraqi government, while condemning it, stated that the attack was against the national interest of Iraq. “The Iraqi government condemned the US strikes as a clear violation of sovereignty and an attempt to disrupt the stable internal security situation,” the statement read.

In a statement, it asserted that the airstrikes breached the advisory mandate of international forces in Iraq, tasked with combating the remnants of the Islamic State militant group. Several factions within Iraq’s Shi’ite Muslim ruling coalition expressed their will to remove this coalition.

What is Kataib Hezbollah?

Kataib Hezbollah is counted under Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF). The group was formed in 2014 by the Shi’ite Muslim armed groups. The objective behind the formation of the group was to fight Islamic State and it was later recognized as an official security agency by the government of the nation.