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Roadside bomb explosions hit US supply convoys in central, southern 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)
In this file picture, US Army soldiers stand outside their armored vehicle on a joint base with the Iraqi Army south of Mosul, Iraq. (Photo by AP)

Multiple roadside bombs have separately gone off near convoys of trucks carrying equipment belonging to US occupation forces in Iraq’s central province of Babil as well as the southern provinces of Basra and Muthanna in the last 24 hours, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. 

Sabereen News, a Telegram news channel associated with Iraqi anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), reported that an explosive device exploded while a convoy was passing along a highway in Babil province on Thursday afternoon.

Hours earlier, a bomb attack had targeted a logistics convoy of US forces close to the city of Basra, situated 550 kilometers (340 miles) south of the capital Baghdad.

On Wednesday evening, a blast took place when a US military convoy was moving on a highway near the city of Samawah, located 280 kilometers (174 miles) southeast of Baghdad. There was no information about casualties.

Another roadside bomb attack was reported on a US supply convoy in the central province of Babil. It left no military personnel injured.

No groups or individuals have claimed responsibility for the bomb attacks yet.

The attacks come as anti-American sentiments have been growing in Iraq since the assassination of Lieutenant 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 second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and their companions in a US drone strike authorized by former US President Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.

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

Both commanders were highly revered across the Middle East because of their key role in fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.

On January 8, 2020, the IRGC targeted the US-run Ain al-Asad in Iraq’s western province of Anbar by launching a volley of missiles in retaliation.

According to the Pentagon, more than 100 American forces suffered “traumatic brain injuries” during the counterstrike on the base.

Iran has described the missile attack on Ain al-Assad as a “first slap.”

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