UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Iraqi Popular Mobilization official accused Israel for the first time on Sunday of being behind the latest attack by two drones on one of its brigades near the Iraqi-Syrian border in the west of the country, killing at least one person.
“As part of a series of Zionist attacks on Iraq, the Israeli crows have re-targeted the Popular Mobilization Units, this time through two planes that are deep in Iraqi territory in Anbar province,” the forces, mostly Shiite factions and some pro-Iranian, said in a statement.
The statement pointed to the death and wounded, while the previous toll reported the killing of two elements and wounding a third.
The Anbar Operations Command of the Popular Mobilization announced in a first statement that “the martyrdom of two fighters in the 45th Brigade of the Popular Mobilization and the injury of another bombarded two planes marching in the Anbar operations sector.”
The 45th Brigade, among several brigades, belonged to the Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades, which the United States ranks as a “foreign terrorist organization”.
The latest statement said that the two drones hit “deep in Iraqi territory in Anbar province” about 15 kilometers from the Iraqi-Syrian border.
“This blatant attack came with US air coverage of the area as well as a large observation balloon near the scene,” he said.
A source in the “battalions” that the dead man is “Abu Ali al-Dabi, a member of the Missile Committee and the official of the brigades sector in Qaim, and is involved in military operations in Syria and a former detainee by US forces.”
The crowd also posted pictures of burnt-out vehicles that were heavily damaged.
The strike comes after weeks of ambiguity surrounding explosions in rocket stores belonging to the Popular Mobilization blamed by the United States, at the same time, hinting at the involvement of Israel.
Four bases used by the Popular Mobilization have been hit by mysterious explosions over the past month, the latest on Tuesday at a headquarters near Balad Air Base, where a US force is based, north of Baghdad.
There were reports of Israeli involvement in these operations, without any direct accusation being made in this regard and without any claim of responsibility.
The Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi issued a decision a few days ago to “cancel all approvals for aviation in Iraqi airspace from reconnaissance, armed reconnaissance, fighter planes, helicopters, and drones of all kinds to all Iraqi and non-Iraqi.”
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