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IED Attack Targeted Convoy Of U.S. Forces Withdrawing From Camp Taji Near Baghdad

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On August 23, an attack with an improvised explosive device targeted a convoy of U.S. forces that was withdrawing from Camp Taji near the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

An unnamed Iraqi security source told the UAE-based al-Ain TV that the attack occurred on a highway close to the camp, north of Baghdad’s city center. According to the sources, a fire erupted after the explosion.

Sabereen News, a Telegram channel close to Shiite armed groups, released a photo showing some smoke rising from the attack scene.

IED Attack Targeted Convoy Of U.S. Forces Withdrawing From Camp Taji Near Baghdad

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No losses have been reported, thus far. The U.S.-led coalition and the Iraqi Government are yet to release a statement on the incident.

Earlier today, the U.S.-led coalition handed over Camp Taji to Iraqi government forces in an official ceremony attended by the media. The camp used to host more than 2,000 troops of the coalition.

The attack near Camp Taji is likely a continuation of the recent attacks which targeted supply convoys of the U.S.-led coalition. Shiite armed groups affiliated with the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps are allegedly behind these attacks.

Several groups, including Kata’ib Hezbollah, vowed to expel U.S. forces from Iraq after the assassination of Iranian Quds Force Commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Deputy-Commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units, earlier this year.

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