On March 20, the Khyber Brigade shared photos of some of its rockets in what appears to be a threat to US forces in Iraq.
The pro-Iranian armed group was behind the March 3 rocket attack on Ain Assad Air Base in the western province of al-Anbar. An American contractor died in the attack, allegedly from a “heart attack.”
The photos released by the Khyber Brigade show an Iranian-made 107 mm rocket, a Grad 122 mm rocket and a larger projectile of the same caliber, likely an Iranian-made Arash-4 rocket.
According to Iraqi sources, the Khyber Brigade used more than ten Arash-4 rockets in the attack on Ain Assad Air Base. The rockets were fired from an improvised launcher hidden in the trunk of a mini truck.
The Arash-4, made by Iran’s Defense Industries Organization, is a 122 mm rocket with a range of 40 km and a HE-FRAG [High Explosive – Fragmentation] warhead.
The Khyber Brigade is one of several Iraqi groups which emerged in after the assassination of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Deputy-Commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units, and Iran’s Quds Force Commander Qassim Soleimani.
Pro-Iranian groups have been attacking US bases and supply convoys in Iraq for more than year now. The aim of these operations is to expel US forces from the country.