The mysterious July 19 Saladin airstrikes, which targeted a base of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), bear “Zionist and American marks”, a senior security commander in Kata’ib Hezbollah said, urging the Iraqi government to respond to the attack.
“The attack on the PMU’s headquarters in Amerli bears Zionist and American marks … It is the duty of the Iraqi government to respond to the attack, especially after it adopted PMU forces … Not responding will be a very dangerous signal,” several sources quoted Abu Ali al-Askary as saying.
The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) had denied any U.S. involvement in the mysterious airstrikes and said it does have no further information on the matter.
Two PMU fighters were injured in the airstrikes, according to Iraqi officials. The UAE-based al-Arabiya TV claimed that Iranian ballistic missiles were stored in the targeted base. However, this has not been confirmed yet.
The U.S. denies any involvement in the airstrikes. Many sources hinted that Israel could be behind them. Last year, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to attack Iranian assets in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.