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U.S. drone strike kills Iran-backed commander in Iraq amid escalating regional violence

A member of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) paramilitaries holds a sign identifying one of the group's slain members during the funeral at the PMF headquarters in Baghdad on Jan. 4, 2024. A U.S. strike in Baghdad on January 4 killed a military commander of the PMF, an ex-paramilitary faction of the grouping said, with an Iraqi security official reporting two deaths in a drone attack. Harakat al-Nujaba, one of the PMF's factions, said in a statement that "the deputy commander of operations for Baghdad, Mushtaq Talib al-Saidi", had been "martyred in a US strike". (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP via Getty Images)
A member of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) paramilitaries holds a sign identifying one of the group's slain members during the funeral at the PMF headquarters in Baghdad on Jan. 4, 2024. A U.S. strike in Baghdad on January 4 killed a military commander of the PMF, an ex-paramilitary faction of the grouping said, with an Iraqi security official reporting two deaths in a drone attack. Harakat al-Nujaba, one of the PMF's factions, said in a statement that "the deputy commander of operations for Baghdad, Mushtaq Talib al-Saidi", had been "martyred in a US strike". (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP via Getty Images)

The U.S. reportedly killed a member of an Iranian-backed militant group Thursday in Iraq. The strike comes after Iran itself was convulsed by bombings that killed dozens.

We get the latest from NPR’s Greg Myre.

 

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