A rocket targeted Sunday in Iraq at an air base in the desert west housing American soldiers, a security source told AFP, a type of attack attributed by Washington to allies in Iraq of its great Iranian enemy.
A rocket targeted the air base of Ain al-Assad
", indicated this source two days after the election in Iran of the ultra-conservative Ebrahim Raïssi hailed by the most radical pro-Iran groups of the country which campaign for expel the 2,500 American soldiers deployed in Iraq as part of the anti-jihadist coalition.
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They hailed this electoral result as "
the failure of the American pawns
" while in total, 43 attacks have targeted American interests since the beginning of the year in Iraq, whether it is the embassy in Baghdad, bases sheltering American soldiers or subcontractors or even coalition logistical support convoys.
These attacks, long carried out with rockets and roadside bombs, have recently escalated: four times since mid-April, trapped drones have been launched against American interests, modeled on attacks carried out by Yemeni rebels. Houthis, pro-Iran, against Saudi Arabia.
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For experts, the use of this technique is a sign of an escalation in Iraq where the Americans are currently redeploying their Patriot air defense batteries, but are maintaining C-RAM systems which have already intercepted numerous rockets.
Proof that Washington is visibly worried about this new development, he announced ten days ago to offer up to three million dollars for information on attacks targeting their interests in Iraq.