Al-Bukamal strike left 10 Iraqi militiamen killed
Strikes on Bukamal - Sep. 15, 2019
Date: 2019-09-18 11:25
The Unknown aircraft attacked a weapons depot belonging to Iranian-backed paramilitary forces in an eastern town near the Iraqi border early Tuesday killed at least 10, an Iraqi security official said.
The airstrikes took place in al-Bukamal, in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zour. An Iraqi security official said the strike hit weapons depots belonging to Iraqi factions operating under the banner of the Popular Mobilization Forces, the name given for the mainly Shiite militias in Iraq that Iran supports.
The strikes are the latest in a series of unclaimed attacks both inside Iraq and along the border with Syria targeting Iran-backed militias. Last week in Syria, unknown warplanes targeted an arms depot and posts of Iranian-backed militias in al-Bukamal, killing at least 18 fighters. An Assad militia official said Israeli jets were behind the attack but denied there were casualties.
US officials have confirmed Israel to be behind at least one of the attacks inside Iraq. Israel frequently strikes Iranian targets in war-ravaged Syria and appears to have recently expanded its campaign against Iran’s spreading influence in the region.