Supply convoys of US-led forces struck by multiple bomb attacks in Iraq
Iran Press TV
Thursday, 25 March 2021 1:15 PM
Multiple roadside bombs have separately struck five convoys of trucks carrying logistical equipment for the US-led coalition forces in Iraq.
The first attack took place on Thursday morning when a convoy of vehicles was moving along a highway near the city of al-Diwaniyah some 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Baghdad, the Arabic-language al-Sumaria television reported.
A source said the blast caused damage, but did not leave any casualties.
Ashab al-Kahf group, or "Companions of the Cave" in Arabic â€” a reference to a Christian and Islamic story about youths escaping religious persecution hiding in a cave for hundreds of years â€” claimed responsibility hours later.
An explosive device detonated shortly afterwards in Dhi Qar provincial capital city of Nasiriyah, about 360 kilometers (225 miles) southeast of Baghdad, as vehicles of the US-led coalition forces were passing by. The blast reportedly left no casualties.
Saraya Awliya al-Dam group, part of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units, later claimed responsibility for the attack in a brief statement.
Hours later, another explosion struck a convoy of vehicles belonging to the US-led forces in the town of Yusufiyah south of Baghdad.
The attack damaged three of the vehicles, according to al-Sumaria television network.
Sabereen News, a news channel associated with Iraq's anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units, later reported that a roadside bomb had struck a convoy of trucks carrying logistical equipment for US forces in Hillah city, located 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Baghdad.
Moreover, another convoy of trucks was targeted in Diwaniyah city, when an explosive device went off near the vehicles.
No group has claimed responsibility for the last three attacks yet. They are the latest in a series of explosions that have targeted US occupation forces over the past few months.
The attacks come amid rising anti-US sentiment, which has intensified since last year's assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.
General Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and his Iraqi trenchmate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Units, were targeted along with their companions on January 3, 2020 in a terror drone strike authorized by former US president Donald Trump.
Two days after the attack, Iraqi lawmakers approved a bill that requires the government to end the presence of all foreign military forces in the country.
Currently, there are approximately 2,500 American troops in Iraq.
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