US Air Strike Hits Iraqi Forces, 35 Killed


Members of the Hashd Al Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Units) are seen on the tarmac of the Tal Afar airport on November 20, 2016

Sputnik: The US air force has carried out an airstrike on Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units close to the Syrian border, a PMU source told Sputnik.

The US air force has carried out an airstrike on an Iraqi militia unit called Seyid Suheda, which belongs to Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU). The airstrike took place in Anbar province, close to Iraq’s border with Syria, Rudaw reports.According to reports, 35 fighters were killed and 25 were injured in the airstrike on Monday night. PMU commanders are reportedly among the dead.

PMU commander Ali Hasim Huseyni confirmed the incident in conversation with Sputnik Turkiye.

“US planes bombed fighters of the Seyid Suheda unit. The wounded have been taken to various hospitals in Iraq for treatment. Some of them are in a serious condition. The region in which they were attacked is located on the Iraqi-Syrian border, 20 km from the city of El Baac. We strongly condemn this deliberate attack.”

The recent airstrike is not the first time that US forces have bombed pro-government fighters in Iraq. In October, an airstrike conducted by the US-led coalition in Iraq “most likely” killed around 20 pro-government Sunni tribal fighters south of Mosul, a defense official told AFP.

Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, or Hashd al Sha’ abi, comprise approximately 100,000 fighters who are mostly Shia. They have played a vital role in anti-terrorist operations in Mosul and elsewhere.

In November 2016, the Iraqi parliament gave the PMU the power of law enforcement agencies, which basically provides the militia with the same powers as the government army and police.Last week, the PMU assisted the Iraqi army in launching an operation to retake the northwestern city of Tal Afar. Mostly populated by Sunni Turkmen, the city is the Daesh terrorist group’s last remaining stronghold in the country.

The US has also bombed militia fighting Daesh in neighboring Syria. On June 8, the US-led coalition bombed pro-Assad militia near al-Tanf in the area of a deconfliction zone following an alleged attack by a combat drone resulting in no coalition forces’ casualties. It was the third attack by the coalition on Damascus’ allies in the area. The coalition targeted a drone and trucks with weapons.

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  1. Publish the name, home address in U.S. where they grew up, and educational and employment information for the pilot of the plane which did this attack and the same information for his immediate superior officer who gave the order to him to carry out this illegal attack and kill so many. List all schools attended and graduated from. Send the information to the local towns or cities where these people are considered heroes. Shame them. These are now international war criminals as is Adolf himself.

  2. How much longer can the US keep messin’ it up (or deliberate attacks) and not be held to account…’s amazing nothing gets done….and now they want to bomb N Korea….what have they done except ‘test’ some missiles…..yet to hear of N Korea invading anyone……ludicrous

  3. The US doesn’t like the PMU because it works in tandem with the SAA and other pro Assad forces. We can safely assume the attack killing 36 militia members was deliberate and was meant to render some unspecified tactical advantage to US or US backed forces in the area.

  4. This is not collateral damage. There are only 3 explanations for this bombing:
    1. American intel is piss poor.
    2. American precision weopons
    are not as precise as advertised
    3. The Iraqi forces were
    deliberately targeted.
    Maybe it’s a combo of all 3.

    • All 3 Joe…..but No.2 is high on the list, jeez, they even kill British troops in Gulf War 1…..and some more in GW2, just for desserts……but that’s what happens when you have National Guard flying A10’s abroad…….gung ho springs to mind

  5. Collateral damage! Either that or the American people will be told the usual lie: in defense of American interests( israel).
    America can make no claim of moral superiority over the rest of the world. As long as the American people t allow the zionist kabala to run it like a candy store, nothing will change.
    America has become the world’s pariah.

    • Of course! Like wrongly attributing a non-existent torpedo boat attack on North Vietnem (‘Gulf of Tonkin LIE’)); ‘forgetting to tell Pearl Harbour of the imminent Japanese attack (having previously removed three aircraft carriers as they were ‘too valuable to lose’ (see ‘Day of Deceit’ by Robert B Stinnett); sending nuke armed planes to nuke Egypt in 1967 (if the joint LBJ/Mossad plan worked and the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty had successfully sunk the Liberty and left no survivors – when the ship didn’t sink, and the Liberty got out an SOS picked up all around the Med, the nuke-armed a4’s were recalled, with just three minutes to spare (see ‘Operation Cyanide’ by Peter Hounam); ‘accidentally targetting a Russian cargo ship in North Vietnam harbour; wrongly attributing CW attacks on Assad; wrongly attributing 9/11 on ’19 Arab hijackers’ etc.

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