Mysterious airstrikes targeted late on January 4 a camp of the Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) near the Iraqi-Syrian border, the al-Hurra Iraq TV reported, citing security sources.
The U.S.-based news channel didn’t provide any details on the matter. However, other sources claimed that airstrikes killed at least five personnel of the PMU.
Al-Hurra’s report was confirmed by the al-Mayadeen TV, which said that the targeted camp is located within Syria’s territory.
The airstrikes coincided with rocket attacks on the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and its outskirt. The attacks targeted the U.S. embassy in the Green Zone as well as the Balad Air Base, north of the capital.
Last month, the U.S. responded to a rocket attack, that killed a contractor working for the Pentagon, by carrying out a series of airstrikes on PMU positions along the Iraqi-Syrian border. More than 25 fighters were killed as a result.
Iraq witnessed another escalation this week, when new U.S. airstrikes claimed the lives of PMU Deputy Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Iran’s Quds Force Commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani.
The PMU and Iran vowed to retaliate to the U.S. attacks. On the other side, senior officials in Washington warned that any new attack in Iraq will be met with a military response.