On March 17, an new Iraqi armed group calling itself the Khyber Brigade claimed responsibility for the recent rocket attack on Ain Assad Air Base in western Iraq.
A barrage of rockets fired from an improvised launcher struck the base on March 3. An American contractor died during the attack, allegedly from a “heart attack.” Iranian-made Arash-4 rockets were allegedly used in the attack.
The Khyber Brigade released a video of the rocket attack on Ain Assad Air Base. The video also included footage from an attack with an improvised explosive device that targeted a convoy transporting supplies for the US-led coalition on the Yusufiya highway near the capital Baghdad on February 8.
The Khyber Brigade is only one of pro-Iranian armed groups which emerged in Iraq following the assassination of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Deputy-Commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units, and Iran’s Quds Force Commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani.
US troops in Iraq are being attacked on a regular basis. On March 18, two supply convoys of the US-led coalition came under attack in the western province of al-Anbar and in the southern province of Qādisiyyah.
These attacks are meant to expel US forces from Iraq. However, Washington does not appear to be willing to leave the war-torn country anytime soon.