UPDATE: Six killed in attack on US military training center in northern Iraq
The base in the Kurdistan region of Iraq is used to store weapons and train Kurdish militias
By News Desk - December 20 2022

(Photo Credit : Ali Mukarrem Garip/Anadolu Agency)

Kurdish sources have informed The Cradle that there have been six casualties caused by an explosion that struck a US military training facility and weapons depot in Erbil on 18 December.

The sources said that all of those killed were non-Iraqis, however, they did not specify their nationalities.

The facility is also being used to train Peshmerga forces in the Khabat district of Erbil, reports Al-Manar.

While the cause of the explosion has not yet been determined, Sabereen News reported that a US military plane was flying over the affected area. According to the reports, explosions occurred in the training center and weapons warehouse.

No details are available about the cause of the explosion or the casualties.

A day earlier, a military base in the US-occupied Al-Omar oilfield in Syria’s eastern governorate of Deir Ezzor came under fire.

According to local reports, the base was targeted by missiles, while others claim it was a drone attack. Large explosions were heard coming from the base, and Sputnik quoted local sources as saying that the explosions were heard in every village of the region, suggesting that this particular attack was more significant than usual.

Such attacks have been on the rise over the past year, and signify growing discontent with Washington’s illegal military presence in the country. The US occupation centers around the plundering of Syrian natural resources under the guise of confronting ISIS.

Despite the growing discontent, the US has recently expressed no plans to withdraw from Syria or end its draconian sanction policy against Damascus. Given Washington’s stance, it is expected that attacks against US forces in Syria will increase.

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