As US convoys continue to be targeted in Iraq by roadside bombings, the US military is worried about . . . drones. ARAB NEWS reports:
The US military commander in the Middle East has issued a new warning
over the threat from armed drones launched by Iran-backed militias in
Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said the drones were difficult to detect and
destroy, and he admitted the US was struggling to deal with them.
Finding better ways to counter such attacks was a top priority, he said.
“We’re working very hard to find technical fixes that would allow us to
be more effective against drones,” McKenzie said. Efforts were underway
to look for ways to cut command and control links between a drone and
its operator, improve radar sensors to quickly identify the threat as it
approached, and find effective ways to bring them down.
“We’re open to all kinds of things,” he said. “The army is working it
very hard. Still, I don’t think we’re where we want to be.”
PRESS TV notes, "His remarks came a month after an explosives-laden drone targeted
American forces at a US-operated military base in northern Iraq causing a
large fire and damage to a building. Though no one claimed
responsibility for the attack, Washington has blamed what it commonly
refers to as 'Iran-backed militia groups' for previous attacks on its
military installations throughout Iraq." AP notes, "The drones are cheap and easy to buy, and they're often difficult to detect and problematic to defeat."
Meanwhile, MEHR NEWS AGENCY reports another attack on a US convoy:
Local Iraqi sources reported Sunday morning that a US convoy had been targeted in Iraq.
The US military logistics convoy was targeted by a roadside bomb in
the city of Nasiriyah in Dhi Qar province, Saberin News reported.
Minutes later, the source reported that a second roadside bomb had exploded on the same convoy in the province.
It's already Sunday in Iraq. Khazan Jangiz (RUDAW) reports on threats against the US military:
Iraqi Shiite militias on Saturday issued a statement renewing threats
against American forces in Iraq over what they said is a US refusal to
completely withdraw its troops from the country.
“The American administration, by refusing the exit of its forces, has
sent us the clear message that they only understand the language of
force,” the Iraqi Resistance Coordination said on Saturday in statement
published on Sabreen News, a Telegram channel linked to the Popular
Mobilization Forces (PMF, or Hashd al-Shaabi in Arabic).
The statement criticized the Iraqi government as “unable to fulfill the
will of the Iraqi people by expelling the occupation forces from their
land, preserving their sovereignty, and defending their constitution”
saying the use of force will escalate against US forces so they are
The violence never ends in Iraq. Another assassination took place Saturday. Layal Shakir (RUDAW) reports Hashem al-Mashhadani of the Sunni Azm Coaltion was assassinated in Baghdad. Shakir notes:
There have been a series of assassinations of activists and journalists
in recent months in Iraq, with investigations yielding little to no
A Karbala activist was shot dead and a journalist in Diwaniyah was critically injured by unknown gunmen within 24 hours of each other in early May.
Parliamentary elections are scheduled for October 10, 2021.
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