US Air Force hit convoy near Baghdad; US sending troops in Middle East; Iraqi militia prepares for battle
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on January 4 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
US Air Force near Baghdad hit a convoy with doctors
A strike by the US Air Force on Saturday night fell on a convoy of Shiite militia al-Hashd al-Shaabi. This was reported by As Sumaria, citing a statement by the militia.
Earlier, As Sumaria reported that one of the militia commanders was the target of American aviation. According to the television station, six people died as a result of the blow, three were injured.
The situation in Iraq sharply worsened after several attacks by the US Air Force on December 29 at five sites of the Kataib Hezbollah group in Syria and Iraq. The Pentagon then said that this structure was responsible for the shelling of the Iraqi base near Kirkuk two days earlier, where an American civilian employee was killed. As a result of the bombing in the area of the city of Al-Qaim (Anbar province), as reported by Iraqi media, at least 25 people were killed and more than 50 were injured.
These actions of the Americans caused fierce criticism of the Iraqi authorities, who declared the need to revise relations with the international anti-terror coalition led by Washington. The situation became even more aggravated after the U.S. Air Force ordered President Donald Trump to strike at the Baghdad airport on Friday night, killing the commander of the Al-Quds special forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (elite units of the Iranian Armed Forces) Kassem Suleimani. Al-Hashd al-Shaabi deputy head Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and several others were killed along with him. The US defense department claims that the strike was defensive in nature and aimed to protect US troops stationed in Iraq and other countries.
US sending 3,000 troops to region amid Iran tensions
The US is deploying roughly 3,000 additional troops to the Middle East after it killed a top Iranian general, according to multiple reports published Friday, Anadolu Agency reports.
The new deployment will include soldiers from the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, the reports said citing anonymous defense and military officials.
They will be sent to both Iraq and Kuwait, according to NBC News.
Qassem Soleimani, the head of the elite Quds Force who was the chief architect of Iran’s Middle East operations, was killed early Friday morning in a US airstrike outside of Baghdad’s airport. Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a senior commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) was also killed in the airstrike.
Soleimani’s slaying marks a dramatic escalation in tensions between the US and Iran, which have often been at a fever pitch since President Donald Trump chose in 2018 to unilaterally withdraw the US from the nuclear pact world powers struck with Tehran.
Iraqi militia commander orders fighters to prepare for battle
Iran-backed Iraqi militia commander Qais al-Khazali ordered on Friday his fighters to be on high alert for an upcoming battle and said that U.S. military presence in Iraq would end soon.
“All fighters should be on high alert for upcoming battle and great victory. The price for the blood for the martyred commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis is the complete end to American military presence in Iraq,” local TV channel al-Ahd which is close to his Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia quoted him as saying.
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Source: TASS, MEMO, Yeni Safak