Iran-aligned Iraqi armed group Kataib Hezbollah has suspended all military operations against US troops in the region to prevent embarrassment to the Iraqi government. This decision follows the killing of three US troops in a drone attack near the Jordan-Syria border, which the Pentagon attributes to Kataib Hezbollah. Founded after the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, Kataib Hezbollah is a powerful armed faction in the Islamic Resistance in Iraq and has carried out over 150 attacks on US forces. Iraq’s government has condemned the attacks and is backed by parties close to Iran. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has vowed to defend US troops after the deadly drone attack, emphasizing that the US is not seeking war with Iran.