Iraqi Paramilitary: Israel Behind Drone Strike in Western Iraq

Drone bombings killed one militia fighter, badly wounded another

Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), the government umbrella organization for the nation’s various militias, has reported that Israel carried out drone strikes inside Iraqi territory, in the western Anbar Province.

As with a series of other recent Israeli attacks, the drones flew into the target, where they crashed and exploded a payload of explosives. The attacks in Iraq killed at least one fighter, and badly wounded another.

Israel hasn’t commented, and the US denied any involvement. Israel has carried out a number of attacks across Iraq in recent weeks, and all of them have targeted PMF forces, which Israel considers to be an Iranian proxy.

The PMF is actually part of the Iraqi government, and accusations of them being Iranian forces are based on them being Shi’ite militias. This is in keeping with Israel’s general hostility toward Shi’ites, and their allegations that Iran is trying to create a Shi’ite band from Lebanon to Iran.

Author: Jason Ditz

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