Rocket and drone attack on US embassy and base in Iraq, wounded
BAGHDAD, BM, ($1= 1,462.59 Iraqi Dinars) – Early Thursday [July 8], the US embassy in Baghdad, as well as the Ain al-Assad base in western Iraq, were subjected to intense missile and drone attacks, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing dozens of sources, including Reuters and Iraqi security forces.
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The embassy was attacked with two missiles, and the air defense system located to guard the diplomats managed to deflect one missile, but not the second. It fell near the perimeter of a guarded Green Zone in Baghdad. This is an area where some diplomatic missions are located, in addition to the United States.
Missile and drone attacks were also carried out at Ain al-Assad airbase, which houses American soldiers. According to sources who requested anonymity, three American soldiers were injured – one with a severe concussion, the other with minor injuries, and the third is still unknown. A total of 14 missiles were fired at the base, and the installation from which the missiles were fired was a hand-held modification of a mobile missile system – a pickup truck with attached missile systems. The pickup was later found on agricultural land.
There was a drone attack on the Al Omar oil field on Wednesday. There are American troops stationed there, which are under rocket fire, but the United States continues to claim that there have been no such attacks. Despite US “claims”, the Syrian Democratic Forces said there was no damage to buildings or casualties in the Al Omar oil field.
The United States stubbornly denies any attacks on US troops in the Al Omar oil field. At his last briefing, Pentagon spokesman John F. Kirby said there had been no such attacks, although dozens of Western media outlets, including the Associated Press, cited sources in the area and confirmed the attacks. We also released a video of the attacks.
The reason the United States does not officially recognize such attacks on its bases and troops in Syria is that if they do, they have 60 days to leave their territory under the law, as of the day of the attacks.
The United States, however, acknowledged some activity in Syria after the Pentagon announced that an unmanned aerial vehicle had been shot down in eastern Syria.
Experts say such attacks in the last 24 hours on US forces are unprecedented. There is no evidence, but the attacks are believed to have been carried out by groups and militias backed by Iran in response to US airstrikes a week ago on pro-Iranian facilities in Syria and Iraq.
Many experts say this is the first case of attacks on the US presence in the region by two countries simultaneously – Syria and Iraq.
Iraq doesn’t agree with airstrikes
The US president’s claim that the Air Force strikes [June 27] were “coordinated” in some way with the Iraqi government, and that Baghdad agrees to be inflicted, is a lie. No one in the Iraqi government supports illegal interference in Iraq’s sovereignty.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi said: “We condemn the US air attack that targeted a site last night on the Iraqi-Syrian border, which represents a blatant and unacceptable violation of Iraqi sovereignty and Iraqi national security.” A foreign ministry representative went further, castigating Biden for prolonging the failures of his predecessor.
Let’s recall again – according to a Pentagon report, five members of Iran-backed groups were killed during the airstrikes on Sunday, and according to the Syrian news agency SANA, in addition to these five, one child was killed.
It is clear from the Iraqi prime minister’s statement that Iraq has not agreed with the US military to carry out airstrikes. Moreover, Iraq did not know about these airstrikes. And if we assume a third option – Iraq knew, protested, or even banned the United States from airstrikes, then the Pentagon has violated dozens of local and international rules.
Iraq doesn’t want US troops
According to Joe Biden, the government in Baghdad wants US troops to stay in Iraq indefinitely. Such a statement is a lie.
In January 2020, the Iraqi parliament unanimously voted to expel US troops from Iraq. The decision was made because the government in Baghdad did not approve of the assassination of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani. Parliament votes “to work towards ending the presence of all foreign troops on Iraqi soil.”
Let us recall the words of Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi at the time, who said: “Iraqi priorities and the US are increasingly at odds.”
The decision of the Iraqi parliament to expel American troops was brazenly and irresponsibly ignored by then-President Donald Trump. Following Joe Biden’s inauguration, Iraq expressed hope that the dialogue on “the redistribution of American forces outside Iraq” would continue. Today, as before, the silence from the White House on this issue is deafening.
Terrorist acts in Iraq using explosives and firearms. Attacks accompanied by many victims carry out against the civilian population, law enforcement officers, and other states’ diplomatic missions. Islamic State or ISIS is responsible for some of the attacks. A common tactic is to undermine mined cars, as well as suicide bombings. Explosions are herding in mosques, markets, restaurants during the funeral. By the number of terrorist acts, Iraq is one of the hottest spots in the world. More than 40,000 people died from the attacks.
The civil war in Syria
The Syrian civil war has been going on for almost a decade. Attempts by movements such as the Syrian Democratic Forces to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have failed.
The Syrian democratic forces are armed by allies and the United States, while the Syrian army is armed mainly by Russia. Russia is the only country officially invited to Syria by President Bashar al-Assad.
In 2017, the United States launched a massive missile strike on Bashar al-Assad’s forces after a report emerged that the Syrian president had used chemical weapons to attack his people in the country. Syria and Russia deny such actions.
During his tenure, US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw much of US troops from Syria, leaving several troops to guard Syria’s oil fields on the pretext of “falling into the hands of Islamic State.”
With the withdrawal of the United States, Turkey comes to the fore, declaring it necessary to deal with the Kurds and the PKK movement in the northern part of the country, which borders Turkey. That is why Erdogan is sending troops in an attempt to build a stable and secure 30km zone between Syria and Turkey, which will prevent future terrorist attacks on Turkish territory, as it is.
In February 2020, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria. Nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, Syrian-backed forces destroyed dozens of Turkish armored vehicles, and more than ten drones, including drones, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March 2020, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed that a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would use military power.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January, a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind several Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Militants are loyal to Ankara and support Turkey.
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