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BAGHDAD — U.S. officials said Friday they have captured members of what they call the "Kata’ib Hezbollah criminal network," which allegedly has ties to Iran.

The two suspected "associates," as the U.S. military called them, were grabbed early Friday in New Baghdad, officials said.

"Acting on intelligence tips, Coalition forces raided the home of a suspected Katai’b Hezbollah propaganda expert, believed to have uploaded more than 30 attack videos to the criminal ring’s now-defunct web site," a news release read.

"Coalition forces entered the suspect’s residence where they detained two of the wanted man’s brothers who are believed to be involved in his criminal enterprises."

U.S. officials have said that Kata’ib Hezbollah is not part of the "Special Groups" — the military’s term for Iranian-funded Shiite militias — but that it allegedly receives "support from Iran in the way of funding, logistics, and weapons such as improvised rocket assisted mortars."

"They are also believed to receive guidance or direction from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps - Quds Force," the release read.


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