(CNN)– The US announced on Wednesday that it was targeting the leader “Hezbollah Brigades” In Iraq, Wissam Muhammad Sabar al-Saadi was involved in a drone strike targeting a car in Baghdad, US and Iraqi officials said..
The US Central Command (CENTCOM) said it had targeted a leader of Iran-backed “Hezbollah Brigades” in Iraq, targeting US forces in the region.
For its part, the Hezbollah Brigades issued a statement early Thursday morning (Baghdad time) condoling al-Saadi, and said in the statement that his killing “calls us to be firm in our jihadist approach.”
Hezbollah announced last week that it had halted its attacks and operations against US forces in the region so as not to embarrass the Iraqi government.
The network said, according to a source in the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Units CNNAl-Saadi was responsible for providing logistical support to Hezbollah in Iraq, including drone and missile operations.
A US official said his country did not notify Iraq until shortly after the strike: “We were clear in public statements and private conversations with Iraqis at the time that the US would respond to the attack. Where it chooses,” referring to a deadly drone strike. A pilot killed 3 US soldiers in Jordan.
The official continued that advance notice of the strike could not have been given due to “security concerns” and added that the strike had been planned “from the moment US President Joe Biden ordered the military to review options” after the attack on Jordan.
Iraq, on the other hand, issued a warning to the US in response to the airstrikes, as the Iraqi Joint Operations Command described the strike as a “new aggression by the US” and said it was “aimed at undermining all understanding”. Al-Khafaji “X” platform (formerly Twitter) between Iraq and the United States, according to a statement issued by its spokesman Tahseen.
The spokesman also repeated what his country said after the first series of US strikes in Iraq last Friday.