A Washington official has revealed indications that the Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades are seeking to attack American forces, and that they have become more aggressive, while the administration of President Donald Trump is looking into confrontational options.
The Washington Post quoted a US official as saying that officials receive near-daily reports of impending attacks by the Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades on American military or diplomatic facilities.
The source added that the Iraqi militias supported by Iran have become more aggressive in attacking the American army in Iraq, and that their attacks have been repeated and are being carried out in broad daylight.
The newspaper said that the Trump administration is considering taking steps to confront the militia without triggering costly reprisals, but it is divided over how and when to respond.
And the Washington Post reported, citing two sources, that the administration discussed on the eleventh of this month a list of targets, including sites linked to the Revolutionary Guards in Iran and Syria, but the proposal was rejected for fear that it would lead to a further escalation.
Attacks and threats
The Iraqi army said on Wednesday that two rockets landed in the Green Zone in Baghdad, which includes government buildings and foreign missions, including the US embassy, noting that there were no casualties, in conjunction with a threat by the Iraqi Hezbollah to target American facilities if America carried out an airdrop against "security forces sites" And the crowd and Islamic resistance. "
A few days before that, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that the United States would respond "duly" to any new targeting of Americans, as the Taji base north of Baghdad was attacked by a missile attack that killed two American soldiers and a British female soldier.
Last week, the international coalition against the US-led Islamic State announced the withdrawal and repositioning of its forces in Iraq for fear of an outbreak of the Coruna virus, expected to continue to support the Iraqi security forces through a few bases with fewer affiliates.
The attacks on the Americans in Iraq increased after the assassination of the Iranian Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, deputy chief of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization, in a US raid near Baghdad airport on January 3.