Iraq strongly criticizes the United States for the direct killing of an Iranian-supported commander.

U.S. Military Conducts Drone Strike in Iraq, Killing Senior Commander of Iran-Backed Militia

On February 8, 2024, the U.S. military executed a drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq, targeting a senior commander of the Iran-backed militia responsible for the attack on a U.S. base in Jordan that killed three American troops. The strike was met with condemnation from Iraqi officials, who called it a “blatant assassination” and criticized the destabilizing influence of U.S. and allied troops in the country.

The U.S. Central Command confirmed the strike, stating that it was a response to the attacks on U.S. service members and that the targeted commander was responsible for planning and participating in these attacks. The statement also noted that there were no indications of collateral damage or civilian casualties.

However, the spokesperson for the commander in chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, Yehia Rasool, sharply criticized the U.S. for its actions, accusing it of disregarding civilian lives and international laws. He also stated that the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq had become a source of instability in the country.

This strike is the latest in a series of retaliatory attacks against Iran-backed groups in Iraq and Syria, which have coincided with strikes by the U.S. and the U.K. against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. These attacks have been characterized by the militias and the Houthis as support for the Palestinian people amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, launched on Friday, targeted over 85 locations linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and the militias it supports. These strikes were in response to the attack on the U.S. base in Jordan, which was one of over 170 attacks on U.S. forces in the region since October 2023. The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq was established in response to the rise of ISIS in 2014 and has been involved in the fight against the terrorist group ever since.  

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