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This Video Does Not Show Iraqi Resistance Launching an Attack on the U.S. Base

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
13th January 2024
This Video Does Not Show Iraqi Resistance Launching an Attack on the U.S. Base
The video predates the recent American-British attacks on Yemen (X)

The Claim

A video shows Iraqi Resistance Launching an Attack on the U.S. Base.

Emerging story

Recently, a video has been circulating on X platform, purportedly showing the Iraqi resistance retaliating against the U.S. base.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating video and found the claim to be misleading. 

U.S. airstrikes targeting Hashd al-Shaabi 

Misbar's team found that the video dates back to March 2020 and shows U.S. airstrikes targeting positions held by Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq.

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According to an article by ISWNews Analysis Group, on March 12, 2020, a series of airstrikes were conducted by U.S. warplanes targeting the positions of "Kataeb Hezbollah" and "Hashd al-Shaabi" in various locations, including Jurf al-Sakhr. The strikes also reached an airport in Karbala, as well as al-Bukamal in eastern Syria and areas within Salah al-Din province. The U.S. Department of Defense has claimed that these attacks were directed at Iranian-backed positions.

According to a statement released by the Joint Iraqi Operations Command, the airstrikes resulted in the loss of six lives, including three military personnel, two police officers from Babil province, and one worker at Karbala airport. Additionally, twelve individuals sustained injuries, including six military personnel, two police officers, five members of the Hashd al-Shaabi 46th Brigade, and one individual at Karbala airport.

The attacks have drawn strong condemnation from Iraqi resistance groups, raising concerns that retaliatory actions may be taken against American occupation positions in Iraq in the near future.

Joint U.S. and U.K. Strikes Target Houthi Militant Group in Yemen

The circulation of the claim came after the U.S. and U.K. militaries launched strikes on multiple Houthi targets in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen. The joint operation signifies a significant response following warnings from the Biden administration and its allies about the consequences the Iran-backed militant group would face.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated that the strikes were intended to disrupt and degrade the capabilities of the Houthis, which posed a threat to mariners and global trade. The operation targeted more than 60 locations at 16 Houthi militant sites in Yemen, according to U.S. Air Forces Central Commander Lt. Gen. Alex Grynkewich. The targets included the Houthis' unmanned aerial vehicles, uncrewed surface vessels, land-attack cruise missiles, as well as their coastal radar and air surveillance capabilities.

In a statement, U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak emphasized that the strikes aimed to degrade the military capabilities of the Houthi group and ensure the safety of global shipping. The action was carried out with the support of Australia, Bahrain, Canada, and the Netherlands, highlighting the multinational cooperation in addressing the ongoing threat posed by the Houthis in Yemen.

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