Surging Violence Puts US Soldiers at Risk

Surging Violence Puts US Soldiers at Risk

( – The US is finally pulling troops out of the Middle East. The drawdown started when former President Donald Trump was in office and has continued under President Joe Biden. Unfortunately, over the last couple of months, there seems to have been an uptick in attacks on US troops and coalition fighters in the Middle East.

On Monday, July 5, the US shot down an “airborne threat” over the American embassy in Baghdad. There were no casualties. The next day, Operation Inherent Resolve Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto announced another possible attack. This one happened at an airport next to the Erbil Air Base in Iraq. There’s speculation that the drone attack was meant to hit the base where US troops are housed. Again, there were no injuries or casualties.

Then, on Wednesday, another attack took place. Fourteen rockers hit the Ain Al-Asad Air Base in Iraq. In this attack, twe people reported minor injuries. The rockets also landed in a nearby neighborhood damaging homes and a mosque.

It’s unclear why there has been an apparent uptick in attacks, but there are still militias operating in Iraq. Specifically, Iranian-backed groups have attacked areas along the Syria-Iraq border. Although it’s unknown whether they had anything to do with the last three attacks, they have taken responsibility for others. President Joe Biden has not made any announcements about plans to put an end to them.

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