on Friday 17 November, 2023

US sanctions Iran-backed militia members for attacks on troops in Iraq, Syria

US troops patrol near an oil field in al-Qahtaniyah in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province, close to the border with Turkey, on June 14, 2023. (AFP)
by : Yemen Details

The US Treasury Department has sanctioned six officials affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq for their role in the recent attacks against American troops in Iraq and Syria.

One of the six officials prepared for attacks on US troops in the region by sending militants to train in Lebanon with Hezbollah, where he himself had been trained.

US forces have been attacked 58 times in Iraq and Syria since October 17, the Pentagon says.

Close to 60 US service members have been injured since the uptick in attacks following the US force posture increases in the Middle East.

“Today’s action sends a message to Kataib Hezbollah and all other Iran-backed groups that the United States will use all available measures to hold to account any opportunistic actors who seek to exploit the situation in Gaza for their own ends,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson.

He added: “We remain fully committed to security and stability in the Middle East and are steadfast in our efforts to disrupt these destabilizing activities.”

Washington ordered the deployment of thousands of troops as well as warships and fighter jets to the region after Hamas launched the deadliest attack on Israel that it has ever suffered on October 7.

The US has responded publicly three times to the dozens of attacks.