On September 12, the pro-Iranian Islamic Resistance in Iraq – ‘Ashab al-Kahf attacked two convoys carrying logistic supplies and equipment for the US-led coalition in southern Iraq.
The first supply convoy came under attack in the province of al-Diwaniyah, while the second was targeted as it was passing in the province of al-Muthanna.
‘Ashab al-Kahf emerged in August of 2019. The group was among the first to launch attacks against US forces after the assassination of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Deputy-Commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, and Iranian Quds Force Leader Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani.
In the last few week, ‘Ashab al-Kahf and other pro-Iranian groups in Iraq stepped up their attacks on US-led coalition supply convoys. On September 4, two supply convoys came under attack in al-Diwaniyah and the central province of Babylon. On September 6, another convoy was attacked in Babylon. A video of the attack was released.
The US-led coalition denies any links to the supply convoy being attacked in Iraq. The coalition claims that all recent attacks hit convoys moving military aid for Iraqi government forces. However, footage released by pro-Iranian groups confirms that equipment of the US military were targeted in some of the recent attacks.
Pro-Iranian groups campaign against the US-led coalition is not limited to attacks on supply convoys. Coalition bases in Iraq are also being targeted on a regular basis.
Late on September 11, two “explosive-laden” drones targeted coalition troops in the Erbil International Airport in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.
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