Since October 17, US troops based in Iraq and Syria have come under steady rocket and drone fire. At least 73 attacks have been carried out on US bases in the two countries, but they have stopped since the truce between Israel and Hamas to facilitate the hostage deal came into effect on Friday.
According to Reuters, some of Iraq’s leading Shia militias behind some of the attacks on US forces, including Kataib Hezbollah, have said they would abide by the ceasefire. But the militias have signaled their attacks could resume once Israel restarts its operations in Gaza.
The Iraqi government has condemned both the attacks on US troops and recent US airstrikes in Iraq that Kataib Hezbollah said killed ten of its fighters. The Iraqi government is warning that without a durable ceasefire in Gaza, the war will likely expand into a regional conflict.
“The entire region is on the verge of a devastating conflict that may include everyone, and the extent of its expansion or how to control and stop it is not known,” Farhad Alaadin, a foreign affairs advisor to Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani.
“For this reason, we see any ceasefire in the conflict as beneficial and important at this stage for the people of Palestine and Gaza first and for all countries in the region, including Iraq,” Alaadin added.
Israel and Hamas have agreed to extend the truce for another two days into Tuesday and Wednesday, but Israeli officials are warning their operations will be even bigger than before once they resume.