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Attack on fuel convoy from Iraq to Syria is believed to have killed 10 people


BAGHDAD – Members of paramilitary groups operating in the region said an air strike on a fuel convoy crossing the Iraqi border into Syria killed at least 10 people late Tuesday.

Two paramilitary officials told the Associated Press the attack hit a convoy of about 15 trucks that had crossed from Iraq to Syria near Al-Qaim.

It is not yet clear who carried out the attack. It was not immediately clear where the convoy came from, but paramilitary officials said some of the dead were Iranians.

The strike comes a day after a US citizen, Stephen Edward Troell, 45, was shot dead in central Baghdad.

Troell, a native of Tennessee, was killed by unidentified assailants in his car as he ran to the street where he lived with his family in Baghdad’s central Karrada district. This is a rare foreign killing in Iraq in recent years, as security conditions have improved.

No group has claimed responsibility for Troell’s killing. Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, less than two weeks in office, ordered an investigation.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Sudani hinted that the attack could be carried out by opponents intent on undermining his post as prime minister, adding, “Those who want to check the government our security will fail.”

The US embassy in Baghdad said it was closely monitoring the investigation by Iraqi officials, but declined to comment further.

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