US says it killed leader of pro-Iran group Kataeb Hezbollah in Baghdad drone strike

An American air strike in Iraq killed a commander of a pro-Iran armed group Wednesday who was involved in attacks on Washington's troops, the US military said.

The strike came "in response to the attacks on US service members" and killed "a Kataeb Hezbollah commander responsible for directly planning and participating in attacks on US forces in the region," the military's Central Command said on social media.

"There are no indications of collateral damage or civilian casualties at this time," it added.

The attack comes as tensions soar with the United States carrying out strikes on pro-Iran groups in Iraq and Syria amid the war in the Gaza Strip.

A member of the pro-Iran Iraqi group earlier confirmed to AFP on condition of anonymity that one of those killed was a commander of Kataeb Hezbollah in charge of military affairs in Syria.

The security source also reported the deaths of two other officials from Kataeb Hezbollah, which has taken part in the past in attacks on US forces in Iraq.

The drone strike comes nearly a week after the United States struck 85 targets at seven different sites in Iraq and neighbouring Syria of Iranian and pro-Iranian forces.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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