EXCLUSIVE: Images Show Damage to US Base in Iraq from Drone Attacks

The Iraqi resistance has targeted the Harir Air Base in Erbil twelve times in support of the Palestinian resistance in Gaza since 7 October

A high-level source in the Axis of Resistance has provided The Cradle with an exclusive satellite photo showing significant damage to a US military base near Erbil in northern Iraq.

However, The Cradle could not independently verify the image.

The sources stated that 50 percent of the Harir Air Base was hit by strikes during recent operations in support of Palestine sometime between 24 October and 2 December.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq is a coalition of armed groups seeking to oust US and other foreign forces from the country.

The photos show the complete destruction of two structures in the base totaling 13,700 square feet, or 1,300 square meters.

According to the official statements issued by the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, the Harir base has been targeted by armed drones 12 times since the 7 October Al-Aqsa Flood operation.

With US diplomatic and military support, Israel has killed over 17,000 Palestinians in Gaza, the majority women and children, in a mass bombing campaign and ground operations since 7 October.

On 17 November, the Harir base was targeted by drones, but US officials claimed the attack did not cause any damage or casualties.

The resistance has also targeted other US bases in Iraq, including the Ain al-Asad military base in Al-Anbar province, as well as the US embassy in Baghdad in a rocket attack last week.

The resistance has also targeted US bases in Syria, including the Conoco oil field base, the Al-Shaddadi base, the Conoco gas field base, the Kharab al-Jir base, and the Al-Tanf base.

Last week, a US Department of Defense official highlighted that US forces and the international coalition were attacked at least 76 times in Iraq and Syria since the start of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood.

What or who comprises the Islamic Resistance in Iraq is left deliberately vague, but the factions comprising it are thought to receive support from Iran and overlap with the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU), which played a key role in defeating ISIS between 2015 and 2017.

“There will be no end to the operations of the Islamic Resistance in Iraq unless the [Israeli] attacks on Gaza stop, and no ceasefire for the US occupation in Iraq unless there is a real and binding ceasefire for the enemy on our people in Gaza,” tweeted Abu Alaa al-Walaei, head of the Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada group, which is part of the PMU.

The US currently maintains 900 troops occupying large swathes of northeastern Syria in cooperation with its proxy, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

US occupation forces regularly steal oil from northeastern Syria, which they then transport to the Harir military site in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq (KRI).

As The Cradle has previously reported, this is done for the benefit of the Kurdish oil company KAR Group, owned by Sheikh Baz Karim Barzanji, who is close to the family of the head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Massoud Barzani.

The US maintains 2,500 soldiers in Iraq, under the guise of a training and advisory mission for Iraqi forces.


By News Desk

Published by The Cradle



Republished by The 21st Century

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