What Happened: At least three rockets landed near the operations of U.S. oil service company Halliburton in Iraq’s oil-rich Basra province, Al Jazeera reported April 6. No damages or casualties were reported.
Why It Matters: This is the first attack against oil infrastructure in southern Iraq since June. While no one has claimed responsibility for the rocket strike, it nonetheless highlights the growing risk of U.S. and other Western energy companies coming into the crossfire of Washington’s ongoing proxy battle with Iranian-backed militias in the country.
Background: An increase in Iranian-backed Iraqi militia attacks against U.S. targets recently prompted the United States to reposition its troops in the country.