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Troops hurt after three drones attack US bases in Iraq as tensions flare after Gaza hospital blast - The Washington Post

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  8 months ago  •  7 comments

By:   Abby Sewell, Tara Copp and Qassim Abdul-Zahra (Washington Post)

Troops hurt after three drones attack US bases in Iraq as tensions flare after Gaza hospital blast - The Washington Post
Coalition forces were slightly injured in Iraq in a spate of drone attacks over the last 24 hours at U.S. bases in Iraq as regional tensions flare following the deadly explosion at a hospital in Gaza

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BEIRUT — Coalition forces were slightly injured in Iraq in a spate of drone attacks over the last 24 hours at U.S. bases in Iraq as regional tensions flare following the deadly explosion at a hospital in Gaza.

Two drones targeted the al Asad airbase in western Iraq used by U.S. forces and one drone targeted a base in northern Iraq, a U.S. official told The Associated Press. U.S. forces intercepted all three, destroying two but only damaging the third, which led to minor injuries among coalition forces at the western base, according to a statement Wednesday by U.S. Central Command.

The U.S. official were not authorized to speak publicly on the attacks and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

"In this moment of heightened alert, we are vigilantly monitoring the situation in Iraq and the region. U.S. forces will defend U.S. and coalition forces against any threat," Central Command said in the release.

Iranian-backed militias in Iraq have threatened to attack U.S. facilities there because of American support for Israel.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of Iranian-backed militias, issued a statement afterward claiming responsibility for the two attacks and saying it "heralds more operations" against the "American occupation."

The salvos came at a time of increasing tension and fears of a broader regional conflict in the wake of the latest Hamas-Israel war.

Since the beginning of the war on Oct. 7, much attention has been focused on Hezbollah, the powerful Hamas ally across Israel's northern border in Lebanon, and its formidable arsenal. The group has traded so-far limited strikes with Israel on the border in recent days.

But Iranian-backed militias in Iraq have also threatened to attack U.S. facilities over American support for Israel.

"Our missiles, drones, and special forces are ready to direct qualitative strikes at the American enemy in its bases and disrupt its interests if it intervenes in this battle," Ahmad "Abu Hussein" al-Hamidawi, head of the Kataib Hezbollah militia, said in a statement last Wednesday. He also threatened to launch missiles at Israeli targets.

Following Tuesday night's blast that killed hundreds at a hospital in Gaza, the group issued another statement in which it blamed the U.S. and its support for Israel for the catastrophe and called for an end to the U.S. presence in Iraq. Hamas has said the explosion in Gaza was from an Israeli airstrike, while Israel has blamed a misfired rocket by Palestinian militants.

"These evil people must leave the country. Otherwise, they will taste the fire of hell in this world before the afterlife," the statement said.

A U.S. defense official, who wasn't authorized to comment to the media and spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the attack on the al-Asad military base in western Iraq.

Tashkil al-Waritheen, one of the Iranian-backed militias making up the larger group, claimed responsibility in a statement for a second drone attack, which it said had targeted the al-Harir airbase in northern Iraq. U.S. officials did not immediately comment on the claim of a second attack.

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The government of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq said an intercepted drone crashed in an open area near the village of Batas.

Also on Wednesday, Iran-allied groups in Iraq announced that they had formed a "joint operations room" to help Hamas in its war effort.

Two officials with Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the issue, confirmed the attacks on the two bases Wednesday. They said the armed groups were on alert and prepared to join the wider battle against Israel, but that Iran had not yet given approval for them to open a new front. Leaders from some of the factions are now in Lebanon and Syria in case they get orders to proceed, one of the officials said.

Officials with the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad declined to comment.

Lahib Higel, a senior analyst for Iraq at the International Crisis Group, said in the short term, the Iraqi groups allied with Iran and Hamas are not likely to open a new front in the war, but that could change if the Hamas-Israel war escalates or becomes protracted.

"Geographically, obviously, they are several steps removed, so they're not going to be the first to react" and are likely to serve in a supporting role, she said.

Renad Mansour, a senior research fellow at the Chatham House, said the Iran-backed groups in Iraq are split between those that are also political parties and have a stake in the Iraqi political system and the "vanguard" groups that are purely militant and tend to be more tightly controlled by Iran.

The latter, he said, have been used in the past as foot sodiers in regional conflicts, including in Yemen and Syria.

"This is what they're designed to do," Mansour said. "The question is more, will Iran and some of the leaders of these groups decide it's in their interest to escalate?"


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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    8 months ago

Now I'm beginning to wonder if those missiles the USS Carney intercepted were shot at her rather than Israel.

Does anyone get the feeling that the Biden crew is hiding things from us?

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1  Texan1211  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    8 months ago
Does anyone get the feeling that the Biden crew is hiding things from us?

Hell yes.

No doubt.

Biden is corrupt and I don't trust him or his handlers as far as I can throw an elephant.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1    8 months ago

We just had a Pentagon spokesman who told the press corps that he would get back to them on casualty figures at US bases. They keep saying they don't want a wider war and worry about Palestinian civilians. Iran listens and responds with rockets.

“That Chamberlain,” Hitler whined to Mussolini. “He has haggled over every village and petty interest like a market-place stallkeeper… What’s it to do with him?”

The deal with Hitler that buried Neville Chamberlain | The Times of Israel

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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2  Right Down the Center    8 months ago

"In this moment of heightened alert, we are vigilantly monitoring the situation in Iraq and the region. U.S. forces will defend U.S. and coalition forces against any threat," Central Command said in the release.

What does this mean?  Kataib Hezbollah militia said they were ready to "direct qualitative strikes at the American enemy"  They sent drones to where we are.  One of them partially got through.  There is nothing to lead one to believe they will stop, especially since our response is "we are vigilantly monitoring the situation".  Does Joe think using the word vigilant will scare them into stopping?  So Joe, what happens when a drone gets through and some of our guys die?  Maybe you should think about it and let the bad guys know.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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2.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Right Down the Center @2    8 months ago
Does Joe think using the word vigilant will scare them into stopping?

He learned that from his former boss. You surely remember "the red line in the sand" that hardly garnered any action 

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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2.1.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1    8 months ago
You surely remember "the red line in the sand" that hardly garnered any action 

They probably consider us "saber rattling" with no real balls just like what we think about Iran.  Yet it is Irans proxies that are actually doing something while we are moving ships around in hopes that will deter them.  The question becomes what happens if and when they call our bluff.  

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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3  Drinker of the Wry    8 months ago

 
Yesterday, our forces in at a small base, al-Tanf, in southern Syria  shot down two drones launched by Hezbollah. Just a warm up for duck season.

 
 

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