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The Implications of Renewed U.S.-Iran Violence in Iraq and Syria

MIN READJul 8, 2021 | 21:35 GMT

A member of the Iraqi security forces stands by a destroyed vehicle on July 8, 2021, after rockets landed on the Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq’s western Anbar province, which hosts U.S. troops.

(AYMAN HENNA/AFP via Getty Images)

A series of clashes with Iran-backed militias in Syria and Iraq is increasing pressure on the United States to draw down from both countries, while raising the risk of a greater military escalation with Tehran. Iranian-backed militia launched a series of attacks on U.S. targets in Syria and Iraq on July 7, with at least 14 rockets striking the Ain al-Asad airbase in Western Iraq and lightly wounding two U.S. troops. Militia also fired two rockets at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, causing no damage. In neighboring Syria, a drone attacked near the U.S.-protected Al Omar oil field on the northern side of the Euphrates River. The day before, on July 6, a drone attacked the Erbil airport in Iraqi Kurdistan, which houses U.S. troops, causing no damage. These attacks come as Iranian-backed militias in Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al Shuhada swore retaliation after the United States launched airstrikes...

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