You Shall Not Pass: Iraqi Fighters Attack Two US Supply Convoys With IEDs

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You Shall Not Pass: Iraqi Fighters Attack Two US Supply Convoys With IEDs

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On February 25, two convoys transporting supplies and equipment for the US-led coalition were attacked in central Iraq.

The first convoy came under attack while passing in the province of Babylon. The second was attacked in the district of Yusufiya near the capital Baghdad. Both convoys were targeted with improvised explosive devices.

Iraqi sources didn’t report any casualties as a result of both attacks. The recent attacks on US-led coalition convoys in Iraq appear to be meant to inflict material losses only.

These were the 27th and 28th supply convoys of the US-led coalition to be attacked in Iraq in the last nine weeks. Newly-formed Iraqi armed groups supporting Iran claimed responsibility for most of the recent attacks.

The recent wave of attacks on the US-led coalition in Iraq is meant as a response to the assassination of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Deputy-Commander of the Popular Mobilization Units, and Iran’s Quds Force Commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani.

The declared purpose of the attacks is to push US forces out from Iraq. This will not likely happen anytime soon. The US and its NATO allies are currently preparing to expand their mission in the country.

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