MADRID, Jan. 9 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The United States said Wednesday that Iran or militias supported by Tehran have carried out a total of 15 attacks against their troops since September 2019.
The fifteenth attack is the one that took place this Wednesday at the Iraqi bases of Al Asad and Erbil, claimed by the Revolutionary Guard of Iran in response to the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.
“Before the attack last night by Iran at the Iraqi facilities, there have been 14 attacks from Iran or its militias directed at US troops since September 2019,” the US State Department said in a statement.
The State Department has also assured that Iraqi protesters in Nasiriyah have refused to have the groups “aligned with Iran” Organization Badr, Asaib Al al Haq and Kataib Hezbollah lead the funeral for the 'number two' of the Popular Mobilization Forces (FMP), Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, who died with Soleimani in the US attack on the Baghdad airport.
After this, “Proirani militias have shot at protesters in Al Habubi Square and burned their tents. In response, protesters have set fire to Badr, Asaib Al al Haq and Kataib Hezbollah offices,” according to the statement.
Iran launched a missile attack on two Iraqi bases on Wednesday with the presence of US troops, Al Asad and Erbil, in response to the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, who died in an American attack at the airport in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad .
A person in charge of the Revolutionary Guard of Iran has assured that the attacks have killed at least 80 US military, although Washington has not provided for now a balance of losses.
For their part, Iraqi security forces have indicated that the attacks have not caused casualties in the country's Armed Forces.
Soleimani died along with 'number two' of the Popular Mobilization Forces (FMP), Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, and several Iraqi militiamen and Iranian military in a US-executed bombing at the airport in the capital of Iraq, Baghdad. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, promised a “hard revenge” in response.
Washington argued that it carried out the attack “to protect US personnel abroad”, following protests against its embassy in Baghdad in protest against another bombing in which 25 members of the FMP died.
Bombings against the FMP were executed in response to the death of an American contractor in a projectile attack against a military base located near Kirkuk.
The Iraqi Government has condemned these attacks by the United States and recalled that the FMPs are a fundamental element in the fight against the Islamic State.
In this regard, he has denounced that the bombings were carried out unilaterally and violating the agreements reached with the international coalition that Washington is leading in the fight against jihadists.
Therefore, the Iraqi Parliament approved on Sunday a motion that requires the expulsion of US troops from the country and obliges the Government to commit to making public any agreement reached in the future for the presence of foreign military advisers and trainers.
During the day on Monday, the Iraqi Executive limited the activities of the international coalition and reduced them to training and advisory work, prohibiting their movements by land and air.