Thursday 19 September 2019

Two dead in drone attack, says Iraqi militia

This photo released by Popular Mobilization Forces shows shows the aftermath of a drone attack near Qaim border crossing with Syria, in Anbar province, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. Two unidentified drones killed two Iraqi members of an Iran-backed paramilitary force on Sunday, the group said in a statement, saying the attack took place in Iraq near the border with Syria. (Popular Mobilization Forces via AP)
This photo released by Popular Mobilization Forces shows shows the aftermath of a drone attack near Qaim border crossing with Syria, in Anbar province, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. Two unidentified drones killed two Iraqi members of an Iran-backed paramilitary force on Sunday, the group said in a statement, saying the attack took place in Iraq near the border with Syria. (Popular Mobilization Forces via AP)

Qassim Abdul-Zahra

Two unidentified drones have killed two Iraqi members of an Iran-backed paramilitary force, according to a statement by the group.

The statement, issued by the force known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), said the attack occurred in the Anbar province of Iraq, near the Qaim border crossing with Syria, and targeted the Hezbollah Brigades faction, also known as Brigade 45.

Two officials from the Hezbollah Brigades, which is separate from the Lebanese group of the same name, confirmed Sunday's attack.

Iraq's Hezbollah Brigades operate under the umbrella of the state-sanctioned militias known collectively as the PMF, many of which are supported by Iran.

If confirmed, the incident would be the latest in a series of attacks targeting PMF bases and weapons depots in Iraq.

US officials have said that Israel was behind at least one of them.

No-one has claimed responsibility for this latest attack, and the PMF statement did not assign any blame.

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