The American newspaper “The Washington Post” revealed the growing concern of the international coalition forces in Iraq, led by the United States, over the use of drones by the Iraqi armed factions loyal to Iran, and the possibility of using tactics that can escape from defensive systems.
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Military and diplomatic officials explained to the newspaper that the drones used by the Iraqi factions were flying at a very low altitude. This renders defensive systems incapable of capturing them.
The newspaper revealed that the recent attack on the Ain al-Assad base raised concerns among the leaders of the coalition about how the factions could adapt their tactics, and confirmed – quoting a coalition official – that the threat of drones has become the biggest concern for the coalition forces in Iraq.
According to the newspaper, some US officials – including Brett McGurk – called for serious consideration of the military response, but the administration ultimately decided not to take military action.
Although tensions have eased since President Joe Biden took office; US officials are concerned that future
Get ready in Baghdad
The Iraqi government pledged more than once to the US administration to ensure the safety of the international coalition forces on Iraqi soil. It is a pledge that requires it to pursue leaders of armed factions loyal to Tehran, which is a very sensitive issue.
As part of the government’s efforts to do so, it arrested – last Wednesday – the leader of the Popular Mobilization Forces, Qassem Musleh, and according to Iraqi sources to foreign agencies, Musleh was arrested in Baghdad for his involvement in several attacks, including those that targeted the Ain al-Assad base.
Since the arrest of Mosleh (the commander of the Popular Mobilization Operations in Anbar), Baghdad has been on high alert for fear of reprisals against American targets and the embassies of Western countries.