The United States has eliminated a high-ranking member of the Iran-supported Kataib Hezbollah militant group through an airstrike in Iraq.

The U.S. has confirmed that a senior leader of the Iran-backed group Kataib Hezbollah was killed in a strike in Iraq on Wednesday. The targeted individual was a commander responsible for operations in Syria. According to U.S. Central Command, the commander was directly involved in planning and carrying out attacks on U.S. forces in the region. The strike was part of President Biden’s promised response to the deadly drone strike in Jordan, which killed three U.S. soldiers and wounded dozens more. Last Friday, the U.S. retaliated by hitting over 85 targets in Iraq and Syria, including command centers and weapons used by the militia groups and their Iranian sponsors. Since October 17, Iranian-backed militia groups have launched 168 attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq, Syria, and Jordan, resulting in the deaths of three U.S. service members and injuries to many others. CBS News reporter Eleanor Watson covers the Pentagon and first reported on this development on February 7, 2024.  

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