Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (the Martyrs of Sayyid Battalions) has released an official statement at its website commeting the alleged US military strikes on positions of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in the Akashat area near the border with Syria.
Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada is a part of the PMU and its members were among the PMU units allegedly targeted by the US-led coalition on Monday.
The group said in a statement that the US-led coalition was aware that it was conducting military strikes on the PMU instead of ISIS and that Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada is sure that the US-led coalition will continue similar actions.
Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada called on the Iraqi government to launch an investigation of the incident. The group added that it calls on leaders of the PMU factions to held a meeting in order to discuss the incident and to prepare an appropriate response to the US-led coalition agression.
Up to 70 PMU service members were killed as a result of the ISIS attack and the US-led coalition military strikes on Monday, according to Iraqi sources. The US-led coalition denied that it had striken the PMU in the border area.