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Kata'ib Hezbollah, an Iran-linked militia in Iraq that has been responsible for numerous attacks on U.S. military installations, has announced the suspension of its military operations in Iraq. This move comes following pressure from the Iraqi government and Iran. President Biden's comment about responding to a recent drone attack on a U.S. base in Jordan has raised concerns in Iraq about a potential U.S. retaliation on Iraqi territory.
The militia, Kata'ib Hezbollah, or Brigades of the Party of God, is the largest and most established of the Iran-linked groups operating in Iraq.
The U.S. military has approximately 2,500 troops in Iraq and 900 in Syria, supporting local forces in their fight against ISIS. Kata'ib Hezbollah is part of the Axis of Resistance, a network of Iran-backed groups in the region. The other two Iraqi groups believed to have been involved in recent attacks on U.S. targets have not announced a halt to their operations.
We announce the suspension of military and security operations against the occupation forces in order to prevent further escalation and to give an opportunity to the political side to take responsibility.