On November 19, a convoy moving logistic supplies for the US-led coalition came under attack in the southern Iraqi province of Dhi Qar.
The convoy was targeted with an improvised explosive device (IED) as it was passing near the city of al-Nasiriyah, the capital of the province.
The pro-Iranian Islamic Resistance in Iraq – ‘Ashab al-Kahf claimed responsibility for the attack. The group shared a photo showing a cargo truck that was destroyed by the IED blast. The truck was allegedly carrying ammunition and explosives.
‘Ashab al-Kahf and other pro-Iranian forces in Iraq have been attacking US-led coalition supply convoys and bases for more than a year now. These attacks are meant as a response to the assassination of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Deputy-Commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, and Commander of Iran’s Quds Force, Qassim Soleimani.
The new attack coincided with a statement from the Iraqi Resistance Coalition, in which pro-Iranian forces vowed to launch large attacks against the US-led coalition if it does not withdraw from Iraq before the end of December 31.
The statement confirms that pro-Iranian forces are still determined to expel US troops from Iraq. Washington does not seem to be willing to take such a step, at least as for now.