Several Said Killed in Strikes Against Iraqi Militia at Syria Border Base

Unidentified warplanes blamed, Israel suspected

Airstrikes against a base belonging to Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), the Shi’ite militia group that is part of Iraq’s military, have reportedly killed several people on Monday morning. Particularly noteworthy is that the base was in Abu Kamal, a Syrian border town.

Details are still emerging, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the attacks were carried out by “unidentified warplanes.” Immediate speculation was that this was an Israeli attack.

That would be in keeping with recent Israeli attacks on the PMF inside Iraq, and Israeli claims that the base was “Iranian” last week. Media reports continued to brand this an “Iranian” base, despite the fighters clearly being with the Iraqi government.

The PMF has blamed both Israel and the US for recent attacks, and some militia members have called for moves against US forces inside Iraq out of retaliation, since they’re actually present and reachable, while Israeli forces are not.

Author: Jason Ditz

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