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US convoy carrying logistic supplies targeted in Iraq’s Babil

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A file photo of a military convoy carrying supplies for American forces in Iraq

A military convoy carrying logistic supplies for American forces has been targeted in Babil province, central Iraq.

The convoy was targeted on Saturday night near the Iraqi city of Musayyib in Babil province, according to the Lebanese TV channel Al Mayadeen.

A few hours ago, sources close to the Iraqi resistance forces said a military convoy carrying logistic supplies and equipment for the US forces has been targeted in Hillah, south of Iraq.

Over the past few months, attacks on US convoys in the Arab country have become a regular occurrence and their intensity has been growing. 20 US convoys have been targeted in the past two months, according to Iraqi media reports.

On December 31, a roadside bomb exploded in the southern province of Basra, targeting a US military coalition's logistics support convoy.

Also on December 10, two separate attacks struck convoys of trucks carrying US logistical equipment. The first occurred on a highway near Samawah. The second attack took place in the Latifiya region on the outskirts of Baghdad.  

The attacks come amid rising anti-US sentiment, which has intensified since last year's assassination by the US of senior Iranian and Iraqi anti-terror commanders in Baghdad.

General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and his Iraqi trenchmate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), were targeted along with their companions on January 3 last year in a terror drone strike authorized by former US president Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport.

Two days after the attack, Iraqi lawmakers approved a bill that requires the government to end the presence of all foreign military forces in the country.

PMU forces attack Daesh remnants in several provinces

Meanwhile, the popular mobilization units, better known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, have attacked a hideout of Daesh remnants in a village located in the heights of Diyala province on Sunday.

The popular forces have also arrested a Daesh terrorist in Kirkuk province, according to Hashd al-Sha’abi’s intelligence unit.

At the same time, the Hashd al-Sha’abi has thwarted a terrorist attack against its forces in a region in Anbar province.

The security and intelligence forces of Nineveh province have also arrested seven Daesh terrorists, according to Iraqi media.

The Iraqi federal police say its forces have arrested a Daesh ringleader in Diyala province.

Daesh began a terror campaign in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning attacks.

The PMU or Hashd al-Sha’abi played a major role in reinforcing the Iraqi army, which had suffered heavy setbacks against the Takfiri elements.

Iraq declared victory over Daesh in December 2017 after a three-year counter-terrorism military campaign, which also had the support of neighboring Iran.

The terror outfit’s remnants, though, keep staging sporadic attacks across Iraq, attempting to regroup and unleash new era violence.

Daesh has intensified its terrorist attacks in Iraq since the assassination of General Soleimani and Abu Mahdi, who were highly popular because of the key role they played in eliminating Daesh in the region.

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