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US forces respond to attacks on airbase in Iraq, drone strike targets pro-Iran group – Times of India

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US forces in Iraq faced an attack on Ain al-Asad Air Base, responding to the assault that caused minor injuries and infrastructure damage, according to an American military official. Simultaneously, a drone strike targeted a vehicle of a pro-Iran group west of Baghdad, resulting in one casualty, as reported by a security source speaking on condition of anonymity.
Since the outbreak of the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas on October 7, US forces in Iraq and Syria have encountered a series of attacks from pro-Iranian groups. A Pentagon official confirmed an attack on Ain al-Asad Air Base, located in Western Anbar province, hosting US-led coalition forces fighting against the Islamic State group in Iraq. The official mentioned minor injuries to US personnel and infrastructure damage.
In response to the drone strike in the Abu Ghraib region, US forces acted in self-defense against those responsible for the attack. The strike targeted a vehicle belonging to a pro-Iran group in a convoy near Baghdad, resulting in one fatality and three injuries, according to a source from the Hashed al-Shaabi forces.
The United States has carried out strikes in Syria targeting Iran-linked groups in response to increased attacks since the beginning of the Gaza war. The conflict has led to 61 attacks on American forces deployed in Iraq and Syria, causing minor injuries to dozens of troops. The group “the Islamic resistance in Iraq” claimed responsibility for most rocket or drone attacks.
While the tensions escalate, a funeral for a fighter reportedly killed in the recent strike took place in a Baghdad mosque, attended by hundreds of Hashed al-Shaabi fighters. There are approximately 2,500 American troops in Iraq and 900 in Syria, working to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State group.
This recent escalation underscores the complex security situation in the region, with various factions and geopolitical tensions influencing the dynamics of the conflict.
(with inputs from agencies)

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