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    Drone Strike in Baghdad Kills High-Ranking Militia Commander, Officials Say

    Drone Strike in Baghdad Kills High-Ranking Militia Commander, Officials Say

    — A U.S. drone strike hit a car in the Iraqi capital Wednesday night, killing three members of the powerful Kataib Hezbollah militia, including a high-ranking commander, officials said.

    The strike came on a main thoroughfare in the Mashtal neighborhood in eastern Baghdad. A crowd gathered as emergency response teams picked through the wreckage.

    A U.S. official familiar with the matter said that a senior Kataib Hezbollah commander was targeted in a U.S. strike on Wednesday in Iraq. The official was not authorized to comment publicly and requested anonymity.

    Two officials with -backed militias in Iraq said that one of the three killed was Wissam Mohammed “Abu Bakr” al-Saadi, the commander in charge of Kataib Hezbollah's operations in . The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak to journalists.

    The strike came amid roiling tensions in the region and days after the U.S. military launched an assault on dozens of sites in Iraq and Syria used by Iranian-backed militias and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in retaliation for a drone strike that killed three U.S. troops in Jordan in late January.

    The U.S. has blamed the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, a broad coalition of Iran-backed militias, for the attack in Jordan, and officials have said they suspect Kataib Hezbollah in particular of leading it.

    The Islamic Resistance in Iraq has regularly claimed strikes on bases…

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