An explosion has rocked a convoy carrying US military gear in Iraq near the border with Kuwait, according to Iraqi security services, who say a Shiite militia group is behind the attack.
The blast targeted a convoy near the Jraischan crossing on the Iraq-Kuwait border late on Monday after a militia group smuggled an explosive device into the area, Reuters reported, citing security sources.
Footage purporting to show the moment of the attack circulated on social media. Local news outlets reported that the Ashab al-Kahaf militia group had claimed responsibility for the attack.
No casualties have yet been reported, and it is unknown whether any American soldiers were in the convoy.
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Iraqi Shiite insurgent faction Ashab al-Kahf is claiming that one of its “engineering and sabotage units” was able to “infiltrate” the Jirishan crossing on the Iraq/Kuwait border and carried out an attack “destroying the equipment and vehicles of the American enemy.”
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Convoys are routinely loaded with military gear at the Jraischan crossing and often guarded by foreign contractors hired by the Pentagon, the security sources said, though it is unclear if any were present at the time of the attack.
The attack comes less than a month after another convoy bombing in late July, which saw “Iraqi trucks carrying logistical support for American forces” targeted with two explosive devices, according to the Anadolu news agency. No group claimed responsibility for that operation, which came amid a string of similar strikes on logistics convoys in the region.
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