According to News i Agency’s International Group, an American website has called for an end to the Iraq war and the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, noting that its forces in Iraq are facing drone threats from Iranian allied groups.
“Attacks by small drones of Iranian-linked forces are among the immediate threats against US forces in Iraq – these threats are such that a US official in the US-led coalition is ‘the biggest concern,'” the statement said. “The United States described Iraq.”
“If that’s the case, drone threats should be more than a simple concern,” Hill said. “These threats must provide a new reason for the immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.”
The use of drones by Iraqi resistance forces has recently raised the sensitivities of military officials in Washington.
The Washington Post recently reported on the use of drones by Iraqi resistance forces to circumvent surveillance systems installed around military bases and diplomatic bases of US military officials.
The Washington Post has stated that instead of using rockets, al-Hashdal al-Shabaab forces have sometimes resorted to drones that fly at low altitudes and that defense systems are unable to detect.
A US official in the so-called anti-ISIS coalition has described the issue as “the coalition’s biggest concern” in Iraq.
Sources familiar with the matter told the Washington Post that a plane hangar had been targeted by a drone inside an airport complex north of Erbil. A coalition official said the drone’s flight path was monitored up to a 10-kilometer radius from the site of the attack, but was lost when it entered a civilian flight path.
Western military officials told the Washington Post that although no one was injured in the attack, there was much debate about how to respond to the incident. US officials, including Brett McGurk, the White House National Security Council’s Middle East and North Africa coordinator, called for a serious military response, but the US government eventually withdrew.
Another similar drone strike on the Ain al-Assad base in May sparked similar debates among coalition military commanders over changes in resistance group tactics.
“There was not much damage, but the coalition was very disappointed,” said an Iraqi soldier based in Ain al-Assad. “They told our commanders that this was a very tense move.”
The presence of US forces on Iraqi soil faces major opposition in the country. In December 2009, two days after the martyrdom of General Haj Qassem Soleimani, the former commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the former deputy head of the Al-Hashd al-Shabi organization, the Iraqi parliament passed a law banning the presence of US and non-US troops. He called it illegal in the country and called for the immediate expulsion of these forces from Iraqi territory.
The Associated Press reports that the number of US troops on Iraqi soil has almost halved since then.
A Western official told the Washington Post that the US government’s red line is the killing of a US citizen. “The death of an American is their red line,” he said. “The first question Americans ask is, ‘What is the nationality of the person killed?’
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