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US-led coalition, Iraqi military deny new Baghdad airstrike

Baghdad: The US-led coalition and the Iraqi navy on Saturday denied any recent airstrike north of Baghdad, after it was reported {that a} convoy of Iraq’s Widespread Mobilization Forces (PMF) or the Hashd Shaabi was attacked.

“The coalition did not conduct airstrikes near Camp Taji in recent days,” Xinhua information company reported citing the coalition as saying.

The Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) additionally denied the media reviews of the assault.

“What was reported by some media about an airstrike targeting a medical convoy of the Hashd Shaabi in Taji area is not true,” mentioned an announcement by the media workplace affiliated with the JOC.

Within the early hours of Saturday, media reviews mentioned that the medical convoy of the Hashd Shaabi forces was hit by the airstrike close to a stadium in Taji, some 15 km north of Baghdad.

The Hashd Shaabi later issued an announcement saying none of its leaders had been killed within the assault.

Nonetheless, an Iraqi Inside Ministry supply advised Xinhua that an assault in opposition to the Hashd Shaabi convoy did happen earlier than daybreak in Taji, leaving two killed and 4 others wounded, however the perpetrator of the assault was unknown.

This incident comes about 24 hours after a US drone assault ordered by President Donald Trump killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Drive of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was the deputy chief of the pro-Hashd Shaabi forces.

The assault came about on the Baghdad Worldwide Airport highway.

Iran’s high chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani have vowed to retaliate in opposition to the US over Soleimani’s dying.

Friday’s assault got here after Iraqi protesters on Tuesday stormed the US embassy compound in Baghdad to protest the American air raids carried out on December 29 in opposition to 5 bases of Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria, claiming the lives of 25 folks.

 

(IANS)

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