Many US officials are likely to see Iran behind the series of increasingly sophisticated missile attacks on joint US-Iraqi military bases in Iraq, according to what they said in comments to CNN.
It appears that the US military strongly believes that the Iranian-backed militias inside Iraq are responsible for these attacks, the most recent of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , according to a US official who has first-hand knowledge of recent events.
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One of the officials confirmed that the types of missiles involved in some of the attacks have become more sophisticated, adding: "The airport attack and the December 3 attack on the Assad Air Force Base were with 122mm rockets, while 107mm shorter-range missiles with less explosive energy were used." Of the 122 mm rocket, in previous attacks. "
He also explained that the 122 mm missile is more dangerous, and is launched from advanced systems.
The increasingly sophisticated attacks come amid US accusations that Iran is moving short-range ballistic missiles to Iraq.
It is noteworthy that, during the past five weeks, 9 missile attacks have affected the vicinity of Iraqi facilities hosting American forces.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] American forces in Iraq (AFP)"We will not tolerate it."
Commenting on those attacks, Pentagon spokesman Sean Robertson confirmed in a statement that the American and Iraqi forces take these incidents very seriously.
He said: "We have made it clear that attacks on the United States, individuals, or coalition installations will not be tolerated, and we reserve the right to defend ourselves."
He continued by explaining that the American forces are operating in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government to support the Iraqi forces against ISIS.
On Saturday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said during the Reagan National Defense Forum in California: "There are reports that there may be missiles fired at US forces at bases in Iraq."4 missiles
In the most recent attack on Monday, four missiles struck a military training site near Baghdad International Airport where US forces are training members of the Iraqi counter-terrorism department. While no American personnel were injured or killed, six members of the Iraqi security forces were injured, according to a statement issued by the Iraqi Army's media office.
In the aftermath of the attack, Iraqi security forces searched the area and confiscated a small truck near the base carrying the rocket launcher, according to the same statement.
Another attack took place last Thursday, as rockets landed near Balad Air Force Base.
Meanwhile, US Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs David Schenker said: "We are awaiting full evidence gathering and saying there is a high possibility that Iran will be behind it."