New Iraqi Militia Claims Drone Attack On U.S. Forces In Kuwait Airbase; U.S. Airforce Says Claim Is Propaganda, No Such Attack Occurred

August 24, 2022

A new pro-Iran Iraqi group has claimed responsibility on August 19 for an August 12 drone attack on the Ali Al-Salem airbase in northwestern Kuwait which "houses the American enemy."

Prior to the release of the claim of responsibility, the group published a threat on Telegram "to strike all those who participated in, or abetted, the January 2020 U.S. airstrike in Baghdad that killed Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force Commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Deputy Secretary-General Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.

The U.S. Air Force stated on August 20 that it was targeted in a "propaganda attack" by a previously unheard-of Iraqi militant group that falsely claimed it had launched a drone attack targeting American troops at an air base in Kuwait. Unofficial Kuwaiti sources have also denied the report, claiming that it is an attempt to harm relations between Kuwait and Iraq.

A pro-Iran Telegram channel published a poster celebrating the alleged drone attack.

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