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Roadside bomb attacks hit US logistics convoys in central Iraq, Baghdad

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 patrol the Taji base complex, which hosts Iraqi and US troops north of the capital Baghdad. (Photo by AFP)

Three separate roadside bomb attacks have struck convoys of trucks carrying logistical equipment belonging to US military forces in Iraq’s central provinces of al-Qadisiyah and Babil as well as the capital city of Baghdad.

Sabereen News, a news channel associated with Iraq's anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units, reported that the first attack took place on Monday afternoon when a convoy of vehicles was moving in the al-Qadisiyah provincial capital city of al-Diwaniyah, located 180 kilometers south of Baghdad.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries as a result of the explosion.

Ashab al-Kahf group, or “Companions of the Cave” in Arabic — a reference to a Christian and Islamic story about youths escaping religious persecution hiding in a cave for hundreds of years — claimed responsibility shortly afterwards.

Another explosive device went off in Babil as vehicles of the US military forces were passing by. 

The blast reportedly did not leave any casualties and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. 

Later in the day, a US military logistics convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Yusufiyah.

Qasem al-Jabbarin group, which is also part of the Popular Mobilization Units, later claimed responsibility for the blast in a brief statement.

The attacks are the latest in a series of explosions that have targeted US occupation forces over the past few months in Iraq amid rising anti-US sentiment there.

Iraqi lawmakers approved a bill on January 5, 2020, which requires the Baghdad government to end the presence of all foreign military forces in the country.

The decision came two days after the assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani near Baghdad airport in a terror drone strike authorized by former US president Donald Trump.

General 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 PMU, were targeted along with their companions on January 3 last year.

It is estimated that there are currently 2,500 American troops in Iraq.

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