[Editor’s note: There is a growing concern in Iraq and Iran that the US intends to ignite further conflict in Iraq now that the war against Islamic State is drawing to a close. This airstrike on the Iraqi Hashd, a force created and supplied by Iran, is highly suspicious. I don’t doubt that it was intentional, as the Hashd commander believes, it remains to be seen what the US is upto in Iraq, but we can be sure that it won’t be to the benefit of the Iraqi people or be conducive to peace and stability. Ian]
US raids on Hashd al-Sha’bi on purpose: Senior commander
A senior commander of Hashd al-Shaabi announced that the US attack against the Iraqi popular forces which killed tens of Shiite fighters was planned action.
“The US first threatened Hashd al-Shaabi forces and then acted against them and it is now claiming that the ISIS has launched the strike, for the fear of the public opinion in Iraq, the US and the world,” Karim al-Nouri told al-Mayadeen news channel on Tuesday.
He said that the US had threatened the Iraqi popular forces in al-Tanf region before.
Stressing that the US has intentionally targeted the Hashd al-Shaabi forces, al-Nouri underlined that it is impossible for the American army to have mistakenly targeted the Iraqi troops as the US is in possession of different state-of-the-art radars and other equipment.
Dozens of Hashd al-Shaabi forces were killed by US shelling near Iraq’s border with Syria, the group said Tuesday.
In a statement, the Sayed al-Shuhada Brigade said the US artillery attack would “not go unpunished”, and called on the Iraqi government to launch an investigation.
A source within the brigade, a faction of the Hashd al-Shaabi, said a convoy of its fighters was targeted inside Southern Syria across the border from al-Rutba district in Iraq’s Anbar province.
“At least 36 fighters were killed and 80 others injured in the attack,” the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to media.
The bodies of those killed in the strike arrived at Baghdad airport late Monday, the source added.
Iraqi Hashd al-Shaabi vows to respond to deadly US attack
Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, also known as Hashd al-Shaabi, deplored a fresh deadly attack on their positions by the US military, saying the volunteer forces will make a crushing response to the move.
The Sayyid al-Shuhada Brigades, an offshoot of the Hashd al-Shaabi, in a statement on Monday, said the artillery attack by the US on its positions has killed and injured “a large number” of its forces, the Arabic-language Alsumaria news agency reported.
The “criminal forces” of the US heavily pounded the positions of Sayyid al-Shuhada Brigades along the common border between Iraq and Syria which led to the martyrdom and injuring of a large number of fighters, the statement said.
“We declare that this move will not go unpunished,” the statement read.
“We want to protect the common borders of Iraq with Syria,” the statement underlined, adding that the US, which is pursuing its evil aims of killing and undermining the dignified Resistance Front, should be deprived of investing on these borders.
The Hashd al-Shaabi is a group of Shiite and Sunni fighters that was formed after the emergence of the Takfiri ISIS terrorist group in Iraq. ISIS militants made swift advances in northern and western Iraq over the summer of 2014, after capturing swaths of northern Syria.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over ISIS in Mosul on July 10 after a nine-month battle, marking the biggest defeat for the terror group since its sweep through northern Iraq three years ago.
Stripped of Mosul, ISIS dominion in Iraq has been reduced to mainly rural, desert areas.
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