US: Iran is behind increasingly sophisticated rocket attacks on US troops in Iraq
The US government believes that Iran is behind a series of increasingly sophisticated rocket attacks on joint US-Iraq military facilities in Iraq, several US officials told CNN.
The US military strongly believes Iranian-backed terror groups inside Iraq are responsible for at least nine rocket attack on or in the vicinity of Iraqi facilities that host US troops in the last five weeks, with the most recent one taking place yesterday near a military base that hosts US forces and the Iraqi Army near Baghdad Airport.
“We take these incidents seriously as do our Iraqi Security Forces partners, who are investigating these events. We have made clear that attacks on US and Coalition personnel and facilities will not be tolerated and we retain the right to defend ourselves. US forces operate in Iraq at the invitation of the government of Iraq to support Iraqi forces against ISIS,” Pentagon spokesperson Cdr. Sean Robertson told CNN in a statement.
The Trump administration is considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East as well as more military equipment, including dozens of more ships and other military hardware to increase its presence in the region, the WSJ reported last week.
There is fresh intelligence in the last month of a potential Iranian threat against US forces and interests in the Middle East, several US defense and administration US officials said.