On Sunday, a drone attack carried out by a pro-Iranian militia killed three soldiers at a US military base in Jordan. Although Iran denied North American accusations that a militia in its favor was behind the attack, the group in question claimed responsibility. And now, three days later, they have confirmed the suspension of their attacks.
The militia in question is Kataib Hezbollah, one of the main pro-Iran groups in Iraq. After the deaths of these three soldiers, through a drone that the United States mistook for itself, they announced the end of their operations against American positions in the Middle East. The clarification, they said in a statement, was “to avoid embarrassing the government of Iraq.”
However, they assured that they would continue to protect the people of Gaza “in other ways.” Likewise, the militia asked the fighters to temporarily adopt “a passive defense in the event of any hostile action by the US against them.” A response that could happen is because Washington promised that the attack would be answered, although they did not give more details about it.
A terrorist organization for the US
This militia is the most powerful in Iraq and was designated by the United States as a terrorist organization more than a decade ago after repeated attacks against American targets after the invasion of the Arab country. It is also the bastion of the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, a militia group created after the conflict in the Gaza Strip.
Since then, it has launched more than a hundred attacks against American positions in Iraq and Syria. The Pentagon directly targeted Kataib Hezbollah before confirming that the attack would go unpunished. “There is no doubt that there will be an answer, but as we have done in the past, it will come at a time and in a way that we choose. We will do what we have to do.”
In recent times, the United States has launched attacks against various Kataib Hezbollah enclaves in Iraq, and at the end of November, American forces killed at least eight of its members in an airstrike in response to the group’s actions in the region.