Bomb Blast Targets US-Led Coalition Convoy in Iraq

A military convoy carrying logistics for the US-led coalition came under attack while passing along a highway in Babel province in central Iraq.

A roadside bomb exploded as the convoy was moving on a highway near the governorate’s borders in Babel on late Thursday, Iraqi news agency Shafaq quoted a source on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

There has been no comment from the US and Iraqi officials on the matter so far.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but according to Shafaq, observers believe that Iranian-backed Iraqi factions often orchestrate such attacks to target the convoys of the US-led coalition across Iraq.

The frequency of the attacks increased drastically since the assassination of the Commander of the Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, and the Deputy Head of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces-PMF) Commission, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in Baghdad in January 2020, the outlet added.

US troops ended their combat mission in Iraq on the 9th of December of last year but said they were still providing security and defense training and support to the Iraqi forces in their war against Islamic State terrorist groups.   

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