facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Rocket threat ups security at Iraq bases

July 13, 2010 at 3:33 PM   |   Comments

BAGHDAD, July 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. commander in Iraq said Tuesday that security at some bases is being beefed up because of reports of terrorist infiltration from Iran.

Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters that a unit from the Iranian-backed militant group Kataib Hezbollah had infiltrated Iraq recently and was intent on attacking U.S. troops.

"In the last couple weeks there's been an increased threat," Odierno said. "We've increased our security on some of our bases. We have also increased activity with the Iraqi Security Forces."

The general said the group's signature weapon is the Improvised Rocket-Assisted Munitions, which basically consists of a propane tank packed with explosives that is attached to a 107-millimeter rocket often launched from the back of a pickup truck.

Kataib Hezbollah is an Iraqi Shiite organization that has the backing of Iran's influential Revolutionary Guard, The Washington Post reported. Members apparently crossed into Iran to receive training from the Guard and have since returned to cause trouble in conjunction with U.S. troop withdrawals.

Odierno said Kataib Hezbollah's goal was to attack U.S. forces and was not considered a long-term threat to Iraq's security.

© 2010 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
China questions Americanism in SATs
2
Dairy Queen hit by Backoff malware breach
3
Plague bomb data found on seized Islamic State laptop
4
St. Paul police arrest a black man for sitting on a bench waiting for his children
5
Elizabeth Warren defends Israeli airstrikes on schools and hospitals
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback