Iraq’s Defence Ministry denied Pentagon claims that it had collaborated in Thursday night’s US air raid on Iraqi anti-terrorist militias. But MPs from the opposition Fatah Alliance demanded Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi investigate the incident.
Iraqi MPs have demanded the government probe US claims that local spy agencies collaborated in a bombing raid targeting militia’s fighting Daesh*.
Two US F-15E attack jets bombed buildings at the al Qa’im-Abu Kamal border crossing between Iraq and Syria on Thursday night. US President Joe Biden claimed the target was Iranian-allied militia which he blamed for recent attacks on US military bases and convoys in the country.
Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the Fatah Alliance in the Iraqi parliament, called on Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to investigate that assertion — which was denied by the Defence Ministry.
The PMF is an official Iraqi umbrella group of militias formed by the government in 2014 to fight Daesh and equipped by the US. Al-Nujaba is a small group that has sent guerrillas to fight alongside the Syrian army, which US secretary of state Mike Pompeo designated a terrorist organisation in 2019.
Fatah spokesman and MP Ahmed al-Asadi said the air raid had killed and injured 30 people, Iran’s Press TV reported
“The repetition of the US bombing of Hashd al-Sha’abi positions and the barracks belonging to the Iraqi armed forces on the Syrian border is a…