Iraqi driver wounded in bomb attack targeting U.S.-led coalition convoy in Iraq

Source: Xinhua| 2020-09-13 05:01:58|Editor: huaxia

BAGHDAD, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- A truck driver was wounded after a roadside bomb exploded on Saturday near a convoy of trucks carrying equipment belonging to the U.S.-led coalition forces in Salahudin province in the north of Baghdad, the Iraqi military said.

The attack took place in the evening near the village of al-Rayash when a roadside bomb went off near a vehicle of an Iraqi company contracted with the international coalition in Iraq, the media office of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a brief statement.

The blast resulted in the damage of a vehicle and the wounding of its Iraqi driver, the statement said.

Unidentified militant groups have frequently targeted civilian convoys contracted to the U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq, which usually travel from neighboring Kuwait to the coalition bases in central and northern Iraq.

The attacks continued despite the recent announcement of the U.S. President Donald Trump that the U.S. troops "will be down to about 2,000 soldiers in a very short period of time."

The militants' attacks came as the Iraqi-U.S. relations have witnessed a tension since Jan. 3 when a U.S. drone struck a convoy at Baghdad airport, which killed Qassem Soleimani, former commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy chief of Iraq's paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces.

More than 5,000 U.S. troops have been deployed in Iraq to support the Iraqi forces in the battles against the Islamic State militants, mainly providing training and advising to the Iraqi forces. Enditem