Islamic Resistance in Iraq Claims 243 Attacks on US, Israeli Targets

Islamic Resistance in Iraq claims 243 attacks on US and Israeli targets since October 17, 2023, but Militia Spotlight's tracker notes discrepancies in reported strikes. Recent incidents include downed drones and rocket attacks in Iraq and Syria, amid ongoing tensions between Iran-backed groups and US and Israeli targets.

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Islamic Resistance in Iraq Claims 243 Attacks on US, Israeli Targets

Islamic Resistance in Iraq Claims 243 Attacks on US, Israeli Targets

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq (IRI) has claimed responsibility for 243 anti, us, crisis attacks on US and Israeli targets since October 17, 2023, according to an infographic released by the group. However, Militia Spotlight's tracker has noted discrepancies in the reported strikes on Israel, Syria, and Jordan compared to IRI's claims.

Why this matters: The ongoing conflicts and tensions between Iran-backed groups and US and Israeli targets have significant implications for regional stability and global security. The accuracy of these attack claims is crucial in understanding the dynamics of these conflicts and potential escalation.

The IRI is not a distinct group itself but rather serves as a collective mechanism for existing US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations, such as Kataib Hezbollah, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, and Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, to claim attacks. Militia Spotlight's tracker has undergone an extensive review process, removing duplicate and fake IRI claims and reordering the data for accuracy.

While the IRI's infographic includes strikes on Israel, Militia Spotlight has retained these incidents in their table but removed them from the serial numbering to maintain a focus on attacks against US sites in Syria and Iraq. Some attacks in these two countries since October have gone unclaimed, likely because they were carried out by Iran-linked Syrian Arab militias targeting bases run by the update, may Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Recent incidents include the downing of a Sammad-type drone near Altun Kupri on January 30, 2024, with wreckage indicating it was a one-way attack drone. Iraqi security forces also discovered a bongo truck-type launch vehicle loaded with rockets aimed at the Rmelan Landing Zone (RLZ) in western Nineveh on January 29. Earlier in the month, three drones were launched at Erbil airport, with one described as a Shahed 101 type coming down intact within the operation, iron, swords airport perimeter.

The IRI's claims come amidst ongoing tensions and conflicts in the region, particularly between Iran-backed groups and US and Israeli targets. On January 24, Abu Ala al-Walai, leader of the US-designated militia Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS), announced,"This phase will include enforcing the blockade on Zionist maritime navigation in the Mediterranean Sea and render the Israeli entity's ports out of service."

The discrepancies between the Islamic Resistance in Iraq's infographic and Militia Spotlight's tracker raise questions about the accuracy of the data and the nature of these attacks. As tensions persist in the region, the claims serve as a stark reminder of the ongoing conflicts and the potential for further escalation.