Middle Euphrates River Valley, Syria
17 November 2023

The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned “six individuals affiliated with the Iran-aligned militia group (IAMG) Kata’ib Hizbollah (KH) based in Iraq”. “Trained, funded, and supported by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), KH is behind a spate of recent attacks against the U.S. and partners in Iraq and Syria following the horrific attacks by Hamas against Israel”, it noted. Concurrently, the State Department designated Kata’ib Sayid al-Shuhada (KSS) and its leader as Specially Designated Global Terrorists for threatening “the lives of both U.S. and Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS personnel in Iraq and Syria”. It asserted that Iran had “supported KSS, KH and other Iran-aligned militia groups with training, funding, and sophisticated weapons – including increasingly accurate and lethal unmanned aerial systems... The U.S. remains committed to using all available tools to counter Iran’s support for terrorism and degrade and disrupt the ability of Iran-backed groups to conduct terrorist attacks”.

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