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US warns Iranian-backed militia leaders they could be targeted at ANY time in retaliation for death of three US soldiers in Jordan: Pentagon hails ‘dynamic’ attack in Baghdad which had NO civilian casualties

American officials called the drone strike that blew up a car in the Iraqi capital, killing a high-ranking commander of the powerful Kataib Hezbollah militia, a ‘dynamic’ attack with the suggestion that more could be coming.

The strike came at 9:30pm local time, killing at least one commander of the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia who the US is responsible for the attack on an American base in Jordan last month that killed three soldiers. 

There were conflicting reports on the number of those killed, with US officials saying the initial assessment was one, and there were no civilians hurt or killed. 

But two officials with Iran-backed militias in Iraq said that three died, including Wissam Muhammad Sabir Al-Saadi, known as Abu Baqir Al-Saadi, the commander in charge of Kataib Hezbollah´s operations in Syria. Kataeb Hezbollah later announced his death ‘following the bombing of the American occupation forces’ in a statement. 

A US official told the New York Times, without naming the leader killed, that they’d been tracking the militia commander for some time, calling the carrying out of the strike a ‘dynamic’ hit. 

Another official made it clear that the US reserves the right to target any other Shiite militia leaders going forward, indicating that the nation’s response to the militias are far from done. 

American officials called the drone strike that blew up a car in the Iraqi capital, killing a high-ranking commander of the powerful Kataib Hezbollah militia, a ‘dynamic’ attack with the promise that more could be coming

Two officials with Iranian-backed militias in Iraq said that one of those killed was Wissam Mohammed 'Abu Bakr' al-Saadi, the commander in charge of Kataib Hezbollah's operations in Syria

Two officials with Iranian-backed militias in Iraq said that one of those killed was Wissam Mohammed ‘Abu Bakr’ al-Saadi, the commander in charge of Kataib Hezbollah’s operations in Syria

Witnesses reported hearing several loud blasts reverberate across the city when the strike took place.

U.S. Central Command confirmed that it had carried out ‘a unilateral strike in Iraq in response to the attacks on U.S. service members, killing a Kataib Hezbollah commander responsible for directly planning and participating in attacks on U.S. forces in the region.’

It added that there were no signs of collateral damage or civilian casualties.

A senior U.S. official told DailyMail.com that the strike was part of the response authorized by President Joe Biden last week.

The January 28 attack killed Specialist Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, Specialist Breonna Moffett, 23, and Sgt. William Rivers, 46, and injured more than 40 other troops at a base inside Jordan. 

A low-flying enemy drone was not detected by defenses at their base, according to the initial findings of an investigation.

The soldiers died as they slept at the base, known as Tower 22. 

‘We will strive to be worthy of their honor and valor. We will carry on their commitment to fight terrorism,’ said Biden as he promised action last week. 

Civil defense members gather at the site of a burned vehicle targeted by the United States

Civil defense members gather at the site of a burned vehicle targeted by the United States

A crane lifts the wrecked car which has been targeted to kill the Senior commander Abu Baqir al-Saadi

A crane lifts the wrecked car which has been targeted to kill the Senior commander Abu Baqir al-Saadi

People inspect the vehicle targeted by an airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq on February 07, 2024. Witnesses said at least three explosions were heard across the Iraqi capital

People inspect the vehicle targeted by an airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq on February 07, 2024. Witnesses said at least three explosions were heard across the Iraqi capital

Two officials with Iranian-backed militias said that one of those killed was Wissam Mohammed 'Abu Bakr' al-Saadi, the commander in charge of Kataib Hezbollah's operations in Syria.

Two officials with Iranian-backed militias said that one of those killed was Wissam Mohammed ‘Abu Bakr’ al-Saadi, the commander in charge of Kataib Hezbollah’s operations in Syria.

‘And have no doubt — we will hold all those responsible to account at a time and in a manner our choosing.’

Officials made clear that the response would take weeks to play out, with multiple strikes and less visible actions.

‘The first thing you see won’t be the last thing,’ is how White House national security spokesman John Kirby put it.

The U.S. blamed the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of Iran-backed militias, for the attack in Jordan. Officials said they suspected Kataib Hezbollah in particular of leading it.

As pressure grew, the group last Tuesday said it was pausing its military operations.

‘As we announce the suspension of military and security operations against the occupation forces – in order to prevent embarrassment of the Iraqi government – we will continue to defend our people in Gaza in other ways,’ said the group’s Secretary-General Abu Hussein al-Hamidawi.

The American response began last week with strikes at targets in Iraq and Syria. They were followed days later by attacks on Houthi forces in Yemen, who have been harassing international shipping in the Red Sea. 

‘These Iranian-backed Houthi targets included multiple underground storage facilities, command and control, missile systems, UAV storage and operations sites, radars, and helicopters,’ said U.S. Central Command.

A US official told the New York Times, without naming the leader killed, that they'd been tracking the militia commander for sometime, calling the carrying out of the strike a 'dynamic' hit

A US official told the New York Times, without naming the leader killed, that they’d been tracking the militia commander for sometime, calling the carrying out of the strike a ‘dynamic’ hit

Another official made it clear that the US reserves the right to target any other Shiite militia leaders going forward, indicating that the nation's response to the militias are far from done

Another official made it clear that the US reserves the right to target any other Shiite militia leaders going forward, indicating that the nation’s response to the militias are far from done

People inspect the vehicle targeted by airstrike in Baghdad

People inspect the vehicle targeted by airstrike in Baghdad

U.S. Central Command said its forces conducted a 'unilateral strike' at 9:30pm local time

U.S. Central Command said its forces conducted a ‘unilateral strike’ at 9:30pm local time

U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, Spc. Breonna Moffett and Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, who were killed in a drone attack on an outpost in northeast Jordan

U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, Spc. Breonna Moffett and Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, who were killed in a drone attack on an outpost in northeast Jordan

Members of an Iraqi Shiite militant group attend the funeral of a fighter with Kataib Hezbollah. US officials believe the group was behind a drone attack that killed three Americans

Members of an Iraqi Shiite militant group attend the funeral of a fighter with Kataib Hezbollah. US officials believe the group was behind a drone attack that killed three Americans

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And on Wednesday night, U.S. forces struck in the heart of Baghdad, hitting a vehicle on a main road in the Mashtal neighborhood of the city. 

A crowd quickly gathered security forces closed off the heavily fortified Green Zone, home to many diplomatic compounds, amid calls to storm the U.S. embassy.

Iran-backed militias have taken on new significance since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, stoking a regional conflict by targeting American interests.

Yemen’s Houthis have emerged as one of the most dangerous foes, launching missile attacks on warships as well as commercial shipping transiting to and from the Suez Canal. 

Kataib Hezbollah had said in a statement that it was suspending attacks on American troops to avoid ’embarrassing the Iraqi government’ after the strike in Jordan, but others have vowed to continue fighting.

On Sunday, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq claimed a drone attack on a base housing U.S. troops in eastern Syria killed six fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led group allied with the United States.

The latest surge in the regional conflict came shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected terms proposed by Hamas for a hostage-release agreement that would lead to a permanent cease-fire, vowing to continue the war until ‘absolute victory.’

Also on Wednesday, the media office of the Houthi rebels in Yemen reported two airstrikes in Ras Issa area in Salif district in Hodeida province.

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