A US soldier runs at a coalition forces forward base near West Mosul, Iraq June 21, 2017 (photo credit: REUTERS)
On April 7, five convoys moving logistic supplies and equipment for the US-led coalition were attacked in western, northern and central Iraq.
The attacks took place as follows:
- The first convoy was attacked in in an unspecified part of the central province of Babylon. A group calling itself Saryat Qasim al-Jabbarin claimed responsibility for the attack.
- The second convoy was attacked near the area of Jableh in Babylon. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, yet.
- The third convoy was attacked in an unspecified part of Babylon. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, yet.
- The fourth convoy was attacked near the city of al-Ramadi in the western province of al-Anbar. A group calling itself the International Resistance claimed responsibility for the attack.
- The fifth convoy was attacked near the town of Balad in the northern province of Saladin. The International Resistance claimed responsibility for the attack.
As usual, all five supply convoys were targeted with improvised explosive devices, the weapon of choice for pro-Iranian fighters in Iraq.
These attacks, and previous ones, are a response to the assassination of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Deputy-Commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units, and Iran’s Quds Force Commander Qassim Soleimani. The attacks are meant to push US forces out of the country.
Despite sustaining heavy material losses, the US is still determined to keep thousands of troops in Iraq. Due to this, the attacks will not likely stop anytime soon.
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