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Ear-splitting blast hits US logistical convoy in western Iraq

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)
File photo shows the inside of the Ain al-Assad Airbase in western Iraq that is being used by American forces. (Photo by AP)

A huge explosion targets a convoy carrying missiles and other military equipment for the US forces near the Ain al-Assad Airbase in western Iraq, one of the main outposts used by Washington in the Arab country.

Reports said the attack that used a “rather advanced bomb,” struck the convoy on the road leading to the airbase in Iraq’s Anbar Province.

The blast was reportedly so massive that led to some initial speculations that the military installation itself had been targeted.

An Iraqi group known as Ashab al-Kahf (Companions of the Cave) claimed the attack. The group has, over the past years, claimed many such operations against similar convoys.

On Wednesday, American logistical convoys were struck across various Iraqi provinces in four separate attacks that afflicted damage on the US military equipment.

Ain al-Assad and another airbase that is located in the northern Iraqi Kurdistan Region have also been the target of many strikes in the past.

Also on Wednesday, the Kurdistan-based outpost that is situated in the territory’s capital Erbil, came under an attack, involving, what Iraqi journalists described as, rocket fire. Kurdistan’s interior ministry, however, said the incident had used a “kamikaze drone.”

Anti-US sentiment scaled to unprecedented heights after the a US drone attack last year that martyred senior Iranian and Iraqi anti-terror commanders, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

Both commanders enjoyed immense domestic and regional reverence and acceptance, and their martyrdom was followed by massive protests and funeral processions both inside and outside Iran and Iraq’s borders.

Soon afterwards, the Iraqi parliament also voted overwhelmingly in favor of a law mandating withdrawal of all the US-led forces.

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