Pro-Iranian forces in Iraq attacked five convoys moving logistic supplies and equipment for the US-led coalition in the last two days.
On December 21:
- A supply convoy moving from the province of al-Basrah to the province of al-Qadisiyyah in the southern region came under attack. A newly-formed group calling itself Liwa Fateh Khaibar claimed responsibility.
- A second supply convoy was attacked as it was passing near the city of al-Diwaniyah, the capital of al-Qadisiyyah. Liwa Khaibar claimed responsibility.
- A third supply convoy was targeted in the central province of Bablyon. The Islamic Resistance in Iraq – ‘Ashab al-Kahf claimed responsibility.
On December 22:
- A supply convoy came under attack as it was passing near the city of Samawah, the capital of the southern province of al-Muthanna. The Islamic Resistance in Iraq – ‘Ashab al-Kahf claimed responsibility.
- Another supply convoy came under attack as it was passing on the main highway leading to the capital, Baghdad. The Islamic Resistance in Iraq – ‘Ashab al-Kahf claimed responsibility.
Pro-Iranian forces in Iraq have been waging a low-scale insurgency against the US-led coalition since the assassination of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Deputy-Commander of the Popular Mobilization Units, and Iran’s Quds Force Commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani in early 2020.
The main goal of this insurgency is push US forces out from Iraq. In November, pro-Iranian forces issued a final warning to the Washington, promising it a heated battle if it does not pull out its troops from the country before the end of December 31.
Currently, the US is working to rebrand its fairly large military presence in Iraq as a “training mission”. Early in December, Iraq’s National Security Advisor announced that the US-led coalition had ended its combat missions in the country.