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Roadside bomb explosions hit US supply convoys in northern, western, southern Iraq

In this file picture, US soldiers walk past army trucks during a logistical operation to clear equipment and heavy machinery from the Balad military base, north of Baghdad, Iraq. (Photo by AFP)

Multiple roadside bombs have separately gone off near convoys of trucks carrying equipment belonging to US occupation forces in Iraq’s northern province of Salahuddin, western province of Anbar as well as the southern provinces of Muthanna and Qadisiyah, amid strong public opposition to the prolonged presence of American occupation forces on Iraqi soil.

Sabereen News, a Telegram news channel associated with Iraqi anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) or Hashd al-Sha’abi, reported that an explosion hit trucks belonging to US forces on the outskirts of Samarra city, located 125 kilometers (78 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, on Thursday evening.

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

Hours earlier, a bomb attack had targeted a logistics convoy of US forces in Anbar.

Another explosive device went off on Thursday morning as vehicles of the US military forces were passing along a highway linking the southern Iraqi city of Samawah, located 280 kilometers (174 miles) southeast of Baghdad, to the city of Diwaniyah.

The attacks come as anti-American sentiments have been on the rise in Iraq since the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and his Iraqi trenchmate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, second-in-command of the PMU, as well as 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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