Iran, June 2019 – The U.S. military carried out a cyber-attack targeting Iraqi proxies associated with the regime in Iran, according to CNN. These Iraqi mercenaries, known as the Kataeb Hezbollah, have units stationed in Iraq, Syria and inside Iran.
The U.S. military’s objective in this attack was to destroy or disrupt communications between the regime’s proxy groups, the CNN report explained, adding CENTCOM officials are not making any comments due to the sensitivity of this attack.
In the month of June, the U.S. military also carried out a cyber-attack on the mullahs’ ballistic missile program. The Washington Post issued a report saying U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed a cyber-attack aimed at disabling computer systems inside Iran used to control and fire missiles and rockets.
The U.S. cyber command launched a retaliatory digital attack targeting an Iranian regime spy group responsible for attacking two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, according to The Hill. This group is associated with the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and reports indicate they have been monitoring and targeting military and commercial ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz through the past years. Now they can carry out attacks against these ships in the region, the report adds.
The U.S. State Department designated Kataeb Hezbollah as a terrorist organization back in 2009. U.S. officials say the Kataeb Hezbollah has been under U.S. military watch due to their access to Iran-made missiles, according to CNN. Existing tensions between the Iranian regime and the U.S. have increased attention towards the possibility of such Iranian proxy groups attacking U.S. forces.
Kataeb Hezbollah is linked closely to Iran’s terrorist IRGC Quds Force and took part in Tehran’s missile attacks against members of the Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) during their stay in Camp Liberty near Baghdad, Iraq.