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US, Iran-backed forces in Iraq may be edging toward showdown

Iran's new Quds Force commander is trying to reunify Iraqi Shiite militias, and escalation against US forces seems to be his strategy.

Tensions are rising once again between the United States and Iran, as several Katyusha rockets struck early April 6 near the facility of the US oil company Halliburton in southern Iraq — the latest in what appears to be a series of messages from Tehran and its proxies urging US military forces to get out.

No casualties or serious damages were reported, but the attack follows a number of assaults on military bases in Iraq housing US forces.

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