After talks between Washington and Baghdad on resetting the relationship between the two countries, the Iraqis finally took action against Iranian proxy militias that have been launching mortar and rocket fire attacks at bases housing U.S. troops. Iraqi inaction had been a major thorn in the U.S.’s side for months.
As a result, the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) conducted a raid against the Kataib Hezbollah headquarters in Baghdad, which was identified as Brigade 45 of the Hashed al-Shaabi military force. The raid ended in the arrest of more than a dozen fighters and the seizure of three rocket launchers.
The CTS had received intelligence about possible forthcoming attacks against the Green Zone, according to a Joint Operations Command statement issued immediately following the Kataib Hezbollah raid.
“The CTS was tasked to arrest [the militiamen] and prevent terrorist acts against state facilities. CTS carried out the task with high professionalism arresting 14 defendants, with the criminal evidence of two launching bases. Upon completion of the operation, a special investigations committee was formed by the Ministry of Interior that includes security services members. The defendants are kept in custody until the relevant court will address their case,” the statement read.