Iranian-Backed Militias Mount New Wave of Attacks as U.S. Supports Israel

October 24, 2023

Author: 

Michael R. Gordon, Nancy A. Youssef, and Gordon Lubold

Publication: 

Wall Street Journal

Related Country: 

  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States

Over a one-week span, Iran-backed groups launched 10 drone and rocket attacks against bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq, and another three against a base in Syria. For more than six months previously, the groups had refrained from such attacks as part of an apparent undeclared truce between the United States and Iran. The U.S. Department of Defense believes that Iran may now be encouraging the strikes. According to U.S. officials, the United States is sending air defense systems to locations in Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.