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Two commanders of the Hezbollah Brigades and their driver were the target of a drone strike on February 7, 2024.

Agence France-Presse

Two commanders of the Hezbollah Brigades, an influential pro-Iran Iraqi armed group, and their driver were killed Wednesday evening in Baghdad, Iraq, in a drone strike against their vehicle.

Unclaimed, this drone strike comes after Washington pledged to continue retaliation against pro-Iran armed groups following an attack that killed three American soldiers in the middle of the Jordanian desert, on the Syrian border, on January 28.

Abu Baqir al-Saadi, a commander in the Hezbollah Brigades, was killed in the strike, the news agency reported. AFP a leader of this influential faction, on condition of anonymity, specifying that this leader was in charge of the military file in Syria.

In total, three people, two leaders of the Hezbollah Brigades and their driver, died in the attack on the vehicle, an official at the Interior Ministry told AFP. ; also spoke on condition of anonymity.

A drone fired three rockets against a 4X4 car in the Machtal district, in the x27;east of Baghdad, this official told AFP.

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An AFP photographer in the neighborhood was able to see an imposing security deployment which blocked all access to the site of the strike. In the evening, the carcass of the car, which was nothing more than a pile of charred sheet metal, had been removed.

It Nearly a week ago, the United States carried out strikes in Syria and Iraq against targets of elite Iranian forces and pro-Iran armed groups in retaliation for the attack on drone in Jordan.

For weeks, the Iraqi government has been unable to extricate itself from regional tensions despite intense diplomatic efforts with its American and Iranian partners, in particular.

Since mid-October, more than 165 attacks have targeted American soldiers and their partners in the international anti-jihadist coalition in Iraq and Syria, violence fueled by the war in Gaza between Israel and Palestinian Hamas.< /p>

Most of these drone strikes and rocket attacks have been claimed by a cluster of pro-Iranian armed groups called the Islamic Resistance in Iraq.

The Hezbollah Brigades are considered the spearhead of this grouping which highlights its solidarity with Gaza and which calls for the departure of American troops from Iraq.

Classified as a terrorist group by Washington and targeted by sanctions, the Hezbollah Brigades have already been targeted in recent weeks by American strikes in Iraq.

Threatened with #x27;an American response after the attack in Jordan, the group announced at the end of January the suspension of its attacks against American forces while calling on its fighters to practice passive defense in the event of American action hostile to against him.

Officials in Washington have already assured that the drone attack in Jordan bore the imprint of the Hezbollah Brigades.

The latest American bombings carried out almost a week ago in Iraq, in areas on the border with Syria, killed 16 fighters from Hachd al-Chaabi, a coalition of former pro-Iran paramilitaries integrated into the security apparatus of the Iraqi state and which brings together armed pro-Iran factions.

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