US kills Iraqi militia leader in drone strike in Baghdad

US kills Iraqi militia leader in drone strike in Baghdad

The US military has confirmed that a drone strike in Baghdad killed an Iraqi militia leader accused of attacks against American forces in the country, according to a senior US official.

It comes at a time when growing regional tensions arising from the conflict in Gaza threaten to spread across borders, triggering a regional war in the Middle East.

The Popular Mobilization Force (PMF) said its deputy chief of operations in Baghdad, Mushtaq Taleb al-Saidi, was killed in the attack.

The group is linked to Iraq's armed forces, but the Baghdad government has only limited control over its activities.

The American official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the attack targeted a leader of Harakat al Nujaba, a Shiite militia that is part of the PMF, without identifying the individual.

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry condemned the attack.

“Iraq reserves the right to take a firm stance and take all measures to deter anyone attempting to harm its land and security forces,” he said.

Iraqi police sources and witnesses said a drone fired at least two rockets in eastern Baghdad at a facility used by the Iraqi militia group al-Nujaba.

The Iranian-backed organization was designated a terrorist group in 2019 by the Trump administration.


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