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Washington: The U.S. military launched a strike in Iraq on Wednesday and killed a commander of Kataib Hezbollah, a militia group the Joe Biden administration said was linked to the deadly attack on U.S. forces in Jordan in late January.

The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a post on its X account that its forces conducted a unilateral strike at 9:30 p.m. Baghdad Time, killing a Kataib Hezbollah commander “responsible for directly planning and participating in attacks on U.S. forces in the region.”

CENTCOM said that the strike caused no collateral damage or civilian casualties, and that “the United States will continue to take necessary action to protect our people.”

The strike was part of ongoing U.S. retaliation to a drone attack on a U.S. military base in Jordan on Jan. 28, in which three U.S. soldiers were killed and over 40 others were injured.

The White House assessed that an Iran-backed umbrella group known as Islamic Resistance in Iraq – of which Kataib Hezbollah is a part – carried out the attack on U.S. forces.

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