February 07, 2024

U.S. strike in Baghdad kills key militia commander, officials say

Source: The Washington Post

Journalists: Dan Lamothe, Kareem Fahim, Alex Horton, Mustafa Salim

The Biden administration has opted for a strategy that falls short of holding Tehran itself accountable for supporting militant groups in the region, said Jonathan Lord, director of the Middle East Security program at the Center for a New American Security. Rather, he said, the U.S. approach to striking targets in Iraq appears to seek a balance between upsetting its partners and its adversaries.

“It appears that the U.S. is willing to accept the political risk of Baghdad growing increasingly less tolerant, at least in the public space, of a U.S. military presence,” Lord said, “versus the risk of a broader regional escalation by targeting Iran directly.”

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  • Jonathan Lord

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Jonathan Lord is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security program at CNAS. Prior to joining CNAS, Lord served as a professional staff member for the House Arme...