On December 31, the Ashab Al-Kahf resistance group attacked a US logistical convoy in Iraq. Video showing the attack, which was carried out in Dhi Qar province, was released immediately.
This was for the first time that an Iraqi resistance groups have used a Soviet-made rocket-propelled grenade launcher RPG-29 against a U.S. convoy.
Ashab Al-Kahf claimed that the highway to southern Iraq is part of the Islamic Resistance operation area and that any convoy belonging to the United States will be targeted.
Forces of the Iraqi Resistance vowed to launch large attacks against the US-led coalition if all foreign troops do not withdraw from Iraq before the end of December 31.
Last July, the US and Iraq reached an agreement that should see the withdrawal of all American “combat forces” from the country before the end of 2021. As a result, in September, the U.S. military ended its combat mission in Iraq, but the troops remained, gaining a training and advisory role. About 2,500 foreign service members are still in Iraq to advise and assist Iraqi security forces.
Iran’s allies and so-called “resistance forces,” who carried out dozens of attacks on US-led coalition bases and supply convoys in the last few months, rejected this approach and demanded a complete withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.
Since the deadline for their ultimatum has expired, an increase in the number of attacks on foreign troops in Syria and Iraq should be expected in the nearest future.
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