Actions speak louder than words.Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder said at a press conference when asked about the group’s announcement.
What To Know: In Iraq, the most powerful Iran-backed militia has announced they will suspend military operations against United States forces in the region. The announcement came two days after three U.S. service members were killed and dozens wounded in a drone attack. The group, Kataib Hezbollah, stated, “We are announcing the suspension of military and security operations against the occupation forces (US troops) – in order to prevent embarrassment to the Iraqi government.”
Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder said, “I’m going to refrain from editorializing on those kinds of comments after 160-plus attacks against U.S. forces.”
Kataib Hezbollah’s motive remains unclear.
Adviser Hisham Al-Rikabi told CNN it comes as the result of efforts with the Iraqi Prime Minister, “…and calls made by the Iraqi government to avoid escalation and avoid causing more tension to ensure the smoothness of the negotiation process and in order to complete the withdrawal (of US troops) from Iraq.”
Background: The U.S. has singled out Kataib Hezbollah as most likely to have completed the attack on U.S. service members on Sunday. Since October, there have been over 160 attacks in the region. The U.S. has responded with strikes in Iraq and Syria.
Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder Holds a Press Briefing (U.S. Department of Defense)
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