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Iraqi militias escalate rhetoric against US, threatening more attacks

After a period of calm following the formation of the new government, angry rhetoric has been rising against the US embassy's social outreach to Iraqi groups and tribes.
A member of the Iraqi security forces stands by a destroyed vehicle that was carrying rockets amdist sacks of flour, in the district of al-Baghdadi in al-Anbar province on July 8, 2021. - Fourteen rockets were fired on July 7 at an air base hosting American troops in the western province of Anbar, causing minor injuries to two personnel, the coalition said. The rockets "landed on the base & perimeter" of the Ain al-Assad base, the coalition spokesman tweeted, adding that local homes and a mosque were also d

BAGHDAD — A new wave of hostility against the US, including threats to attack its facilities in Iraq, has resurfaced recently coinciding with drone attacks on US troops in Syria. A number of factors have prompted this escalation, including Washington's recurring visits and uptick in its diplomatic activity in Baghdad. 

With the formation of the new government in Iraq late last year, Iraqi militias' hostility against the United States appeared to be waning. Attacks on the convoys of the US and other coalition members stopped, along with anti-American protests and "death to US" slogans. The regular statements of militia leaders against the US suddenly ended. 

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