Unclaimed strikes in east Syria kill 10 Iranian fighters


Tuesday 17 September 2019 | 11:26 PM Damascus Time

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  • Unclaimed strikes in east Syria kill 10 Iranian fighters


    Unknown airstrikes targeted a weapons depot in an eastern town near the Iraqi border early Tuesday, killing at least 10, AP news agency reported.

    The depot belongs to Iranian-backed paramilitary forces, the agency pointed out.

    The airstrikes took place in Albukamal, in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.

    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 Albukamal, killing at least 18 fighters. A Syrian security official said Israeli jets were behind the attack but denied there were casualties.

    U.S. 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.

    Source: AP.

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