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Biden’s Iran Disaster: Iran-Backed Militia Fires Rockets At US Base In DEADLY Rocket Attack In Iraq
Monday’s injury of an American GI and the death of one of our military contractors working with American forces at the heart of Iraqi Kurdistan should be seen as an early Iranian test of President Biden.
The American president’s first, and cautious, reaction is disappointing. It indicates the attack won’t trigger a reevaluation of Mr. Biden’s dash to re-sign a hapless nuclear deal that ignores Tehran’s malign regional activity.
Iran-Backed Militia Fires Rockets At US Base In Iraq
By: Adam Nash February 16, 2021
A civilian contractor was killed after a pro-Iranian group attacked a US military base in Iraq. There were no American deaths, though one US soldier was injured, along with five other foreign contactors. In Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq where the attack took place, three people were injured, one critically. The casualties occurred after approximately 14 rockets were fired at a US military base near Erbil International Airport, three of which actually landed inside the base.
The group behind the attack, ‘the Guardians of the Blood Brigade’ militia, says it launched the attack against the ‘American occupation’. The group is one of a number of Iranian backed groups which have surged in both power and popularity since they successfully fought against ISIS in Iraq. After ISIS’ defeat, many of the groups remained powerful, and some even became political parties. They did well in the 2018 Iraqi election, with one militia even increasing its share of the seats from one in 2014 to 15 in 2018.
Yet, Iraq isn’t the only country plagued with Iranian-backed militias. In Yemen, for example, the Houthi rebels now control around 80% of the population, despite Saudi-led efforts to push them back. In Lebanon, Iran infamously supports the Hezbollah group, who lost a war against Israel in 2006. Iran is also a powerful force in Syria, where it supports the brutal regime of Bashar Al-Assad in the Syrian Civil War. Geller Report read more