Airstrikes Hit Pro-Iran Militias on Iraq-Syria Border: Monitor
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Airstrikes Hit Pro-Iran Militias on Iraq-Syria Border: Monitor

US-led Coalition denied to be behind the air raids

ERBIL — Airstrikes on Tuesday night targeted the pro-Iran militia groups in the border areas between Iraq and Syria, with no possible casualties immediately confirmed, a war monitor reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement that sounds of explosions were heard in the province of Deir ez-Zor, in northeast of Syria, but that no casualties or material damages were confirmed.

Although Telegram channels affiliated with the pro-Iran Hashd al-Shaabi claimed: "US airstrikes targeted PMF bases," the US-led Coalition soon responded to the accusations and denied to have been behind Tuesday's airstrikes on the militia groups in the region.

"We confirm that we did not launch airstrikes in Albukamal on September 14, 2021," Wayne Marotto, a spokesperson for the Global Coalition, said in a statement on Twitter.

A security source told Shafaq News earlier the day that the Hashd al-Shaabi had been targeted by airstrikes in the border areas between Iraq and Syria.

The incident, according to the source, took place near al-Qaim area in Anbar province where at least three vehicles, belonging to the Hashd al-Shaabi, were destroyed.

Iran-backed militia groups in Iraq and Syria are often targeted by similar airstrikes, with Tehran blaming Israel for the incidents as tensions between the two countries have been increasing over the past months.

Tel Aviv has even threatened that preparations to strike Iran are almost completed, accusing the country of attempting to develop a nuclear bomb, something that Iran keeps denying.

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