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Iraqi guard wounded in bomb attack targeting US-led coalition convoy

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)
In this file picture, US soldiers prepare for a live-fire exercise southeast of Baghdad, Iraq. (Photo by AFP)

An Iraqi security guard has sustained injuries after a roadside bomb exploded near a convoy of trucks carrying logistics belonging to the US-led coalition in Iraq’s central province of al-Qadisiyah.

The Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network, citing an unnamed police source, reported that the attack took place in the evening when a roadside bomb went off as the trucks were traveling along al-Diwaniyah highway.

The report added that the blast damaged a vehicle and wounded an Iraqi guard.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

The roadside bomb attack is the latest in a series of explosions that have targeted US occupation forces over the past few months.

On Wednesday, a roadside bomb exploded in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, located about 360 kilometers (225 miles) southeast of the capital Baghdad, targeting a US-led coalition's logistics convoy. The blast did not leave any injuries.

An explosion occurred two days earlier in al-Rasheed district of the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Yusufiya when a roadside bomb exploded near a vehicle belonging to the US-led military coalition. The attack resulted in the injury of a police officer.

Anti-US sentiments have been running high in Iraq since the assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and his Iraqi trenchmate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Units, along with their companions in a US assassination drone airstrike authorized by former US president Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3 last year.

Iraqi lawmakers approved a bill two days later, demanding the withdrawal of all foreign military forces led by the United States from the country.

Currently, there are approximately 2,500 American troops in Iraq.

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