The US military reported that it had launched a counterstrike in Iraq roughly one and a half weeks following a deadly assault on US troops stationed in Jordan. It was announced on the X platform, formerly known as Twitter, by the regional command responsible that the Commander of the Kataib Hezbollah, a pro-Iranian militia also known as the Hezbollah Brigades, had been killed.
This commander was held accountable for his direct involvement and orchestration of attacks on the US forces in the region.
As per the statements made by the US military, there is currently no evidence of civilian casualties or collateral damage resulting from their operations. They further emphasized that they will not hesitate to take action against anyone posing a risk to the safety of their armed forces. US media outlets reported that a US drone strike in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad had resulted in the deaths of at least three members of the Kataib Hezbollah.
Since the onset of the Gaza war, US military bases in Iraq and Syria have been subjected to almost daily attacks by pro-Iranian militias. On January 28, three US soldiers were killed in an attack in Jordan near the Syrian border. The US has responded to these hostilities with extensive air strikes targeting the positions of pro-Iranian militias in both Iraq and Syria.