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IRGC General Reportedly Killed By US Strikes On Kata’ib Hezbollah In Iraq

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IRGC General Reportedly Killed By US Strikes On Kata'ib Hezbollah In Iraq

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On March 13th, Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps General Siamand Mashhadani was reportedly killed by the US strike on Kata’ib Hezbollah positions in Iraq.

In addition, 32 Popular Mobilization Units fighters were reportedly killed in the 5 US strikes and at least 50 more were injured.

The strikes were carried out in response to a strike on camp Taji in Iraq, which killed 2 US marines and 1 British army nurse. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said earlier in the day that he was given the authority “to do what we need to do” from US President Donald Trump, without elaborating further.

Photos emerged purporting to show the impact of the airstrikes on the Karbala International Airport, still under construction in Shia-majority Karbala governorate in central Iraq.

The US also released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack and specifically saying that it was in response to the strike that killed the two US marines on March 11th.

Heavy flying kept happening over Karrada and the Green zone in Baghdad hours after the strikes.

This marks the second time that the US strikes Kata’ib Hezbollah positions, with the previous time happening on December 30th, 2019. Both times the accusations it had against it were unproven, and both times the group, part of the Popular Mobilization Units, and as such part of Washington’s allied Iraqi Armed Forces lost dozens of members.

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