An American logistical convoy was attacked in Iraq on Saturday night. Unidentified assailants, believed to be members of an Iranian proxy militia, burned all three of the convoy’s trucks.

The three large trucks carrying vehicles and logistical materials were ambushed between Diwaniya and Samawah while en route from Basra. Before setting the trucks on fire the assailants forced the drivers out of them. 

Photos, and a video from the incident shared on social media, showed the trucks engulfed in flames. There were no reports of American casualties in the incident. There are reports of civilians wounded in the attack who are being treated locally. The United States often uses contractors to transport logistics.

Burning U.S. convoy in Iraq. (Twitter)

Sources in the Iraqi Interior Ministry told al-Araby al-Jadeed news that while it is still too early to say who was behind the attack, it seems to have been carried out by one of the Iranian proxy militias, rather than fighters from the Islamic State.

A group called “Sayara Thora Al-Ashrin” claimed responsibility for the attack, yet this may not mean much: In the past several months, many new pro-Iranian groups have arisen and are claiming attacks on U.S. targets. This could be a thinly veiled attempt to distance these rogue elements from the official government paramilitary forces such as Kataib Hezbollah and other “official” pro-Iran militias. 

Some other such militias, according to the Jerusalem Post, are Usbat al-Thaireen Ashab al-Kahaf or Saraya Shuhada Thawar Ashreen al-Thani.

Al Mayadeen television, which is run by Lebanese Hezbollah (another Iranian proxy) reported that American fighter jets could be heard in the vicinity of the reported attack location. Other media reports stated that U.S. helicopters were overflying the area.

Iraqi security analyst Ahmad al-Hamdani told al-Jadeed that the attack indicates that the militias have moved to a new escalation stage. It may be a warning that American military convoys will be targeted in the future. He added that the militias are also able to obtain information about movements related to American forces, as indicated by Saturday’s attack.