On Wednesday, U.S. troops came under rocket fire while stationed at an Iraqi military base. The rockets, fired by Katyusha troops, landed inside of the military base.
The Associated Press reports that according to an Iraqi officers, the base, located in western Anbar province and housing multiple U.S. troops, got struck by five Katyusha rockets, with three rockets falling outside of the base. The officer, whose identity must remain anonymous due to regulations, said that the U.S.-led forces in the base were forced to take shelter during the barrage.
Sources claim that there is no immediate sign of critical damage nor casualties as a result of the attacks.
U.S. officials recently issued warnings that attacks from Iranian-backed proxies were underway in retaliation for U.S. forces successful killing of Qassem Soleimani, the late commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, a designated terrorist organization, back in 2020.
According to a Reuters report, a similar attack unfolded on Monday, where two explosive equipped drones were sent towards the Ain al-Asad air base, which also hosts U.S. forces. The attack was thwarted by Iraq’s air defense system. Yet another similar attack was carried out that day and thwarted in the same manner on the Baghdad international airport.
The attacks follow the Biden administration’s desperate efforts to coax Iran into entering the controversial nuclear agreement that critics claim did nothing to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet signaled late in 2020 that Israel was preparing to take steps toward countering Iran as it apparently neared the collection of enough nuclear material to construct a bomb, something which he promised to his country that he would never permit.
During his U.N. speech, Bennett warned that Iran was a driving force behind much of the violence and turmoil that has plagued the Middle East. Iran, he said, is the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, and is not merely a regional problem but a global one.
Author: Justin Harris