The Islamic Resistance in Iraq – ‘Ashab al-Kahf – has vowed to attack manned convoys of the US-led coalition in Iraq’s northern region.
In a brief statement, the pro-Iran Shiite armed group, which was behind a wave of attacks on coalition supply convoys, threatened to attack convoys’ transporting US troops in the provinces of Kirkuk, Saladin and Nineveh.
“If an American military convoy, and we do not mean the logistical support convoys but rather American-manned military convoys, moves in Nineveh, Salah al-Din or Kirkuk, we will reduce it to ashes,” the statement, which was released on January 22, reads.
‘Ashab al-Kahf, which first emerged in August of 2019, began to launch attacks against the US-led coalition in Iraq after the assassination of Popular Mobilization Units Deputy-Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Iran’s Quds Force Commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani last year.
The group’s cells attacked five convoys moving supplies and equipment for the US-led coalition in different parts of Iraq on January 23. Spanish service members were allegedly injured.
- On January 23, Victoria Base was targeted by several rockets near Baghdad International Airport.
- On January 22, a logistical convoy of the U.S military was targeted by an IED attack in the Naseriyah area.
- On January 22, a logistical convoy of the U.S military was targeted by an IED attack in the Abu Ghraib area.
- On January 22, a logistical convoy of the U.S military was targeted by an IED attack in the Diwaniyah area.
- On January 22, two logistical convoys of the U.S military was targeted by an IED attack in the Babil area.
Any attack on US troops in Iraq may lead to a serious military escalation. The US vowed recently that it will respond militarily to any attack that would harm its service members.
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