On January 20 noon, two supply convoys of the US-led coalition were attacked in the outskirts of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
The first convoy was struck with an improvised explosive device (IED) as it was passing on the Yusufiya road, south of Baghdad. The second convoy was targeted near Abu Ghraib town, west of Baghdad, with an IED. None of the attacks resulted in any casualties. Nevertheless, the two convoy’s may have sustained material losses.
According to the Sabereen News, a Telegram channel linked to Shiite armed groups in Iraq, a new faction calling itself “Saraya Qassim al-Jabbarin” claimed responsibility for both attacks.
Pro-Iran groups have carried out dozens of attacks on US forces and diplomatic mission in Iraq since the assassination of Iran’s Quds Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Deputy-Commander of the Popular Mobilization Units more than a year ago.
Two days ago, three convoys carrying supplies and equipment for the US-led coalition were targeted with IEDs in the cities of Samawah, Nasiriyah and al-Diwaniyah.
These attacks may soon lead to a military escalation between the US-led coalition and Iranian-backed armed groups in Iraq. Washington vowed to respond to any attack that would lead to casualties among its troops.
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