Late on April 9, an Iraqi group identifying itself as the Islamic Resistance in Iraq – ‘Ashab al-Kahf (AK) – announced that its “engineer and sabotage units” had targeted a U.S. convoy on the Erbil-Saladin highway in the country’s northern region.
The group released a video of the alleged operation. The video shows two improvised explosive device explosions hitting trucks transporting vehicles for the U.S. military.
AK claimed that the attack resulted in material and human losses. However, these claims are yet to be verified. The U.S.-led coalition has not commented on this issue yet.
Founded in August of 2019, AK is a pro-Iran Shiite group. The group has been threatening U.S. forces in Iraq for months now.
Last January, the U.S. assassinated Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Deputy-Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Iran’s Quds Force Commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
Washington presented the assassination as a major victory claiming that its troops and interests in Iraq are now safer than ever. However, recent developments reveal a very different picture. Shiite groups in Iraq have increased attacks on U.S. forces.
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