IED hits contractor convoy for Coalition forces in Iraq’s Babil – report

A Convoy Security Element with Company A, 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, aligns a re-supply convoy headed out of Forward Operating Base, Warrior, Kirkuk. (AP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — An improvised explosive device (IED) hit a contractor convoy belonging to the U.S.-led Coalition forces in Babil province, a security source said on Sunday.

Shafaaq news cited a security source as saying that a homemade bomb hit a convoy transferring logistic support for the Coalition forces in Babil.

The source did not provide further details.

The Iraqi military and the U.S.-led Coalition have yet to confirm the attack.

On Friday, a driver of a contractor convoy transferring equipment for the Coalition forces was wounded after an IED hit the convoy in Diwaniyah, southern Iraq.

In recent days there has been increased concern and vigilance about what Iranian-backed forces might do in the lead up to the anniversary of a Jan. 3 U.S. drone strike in Iraq that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the official said.

A volley of rockets exploded near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on December 20, as tensions mount ahead of the anniversary of the U.S. killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani on Iraqi soil.

Following the rocket attack, U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday that he would hold Iran responsible if an American was killed.

Trump said the rockets on Sunday were from Iran and “we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq.”

The Iraqi military said that an “outlaw group” fired the rockets at Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings, U.S. Embassy and other foreign missions.

Washington blames Iran-backed militias for regular rocket attacks on U.S. facilities in Iraq, including near the embassy. No known Iran-backed groups have claimed responsibility.

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