Troops in Iraq see spike in ‘indirect fire’ attacks

As tensions with Iran mount, U.S. officials say they have noticed a spike in the amount of mortar and rocket fire hitting targets in Iraq.

No one has come forward to take claim, but experts contacted by Military Times say there is an ongoing effort by Iran and its proxy militias in Iraq to make things more difficult for the U.S. across the region.

Indirect fire and rocket attacks over the last two months have come close to hitting U.S. military bases and American interests in Iraq from Basra to Mosul.

U.S. military officials with Operation Inherent Resolve, or OIR, told Military Times that the recent spate of “indirect fire” attacks reflected an “increase” in the number of incidents. Military officials did not provide details on the number and nature of attacks.

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Author: Dian Welle