The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) announced on September 11 that their forces had shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was scouting a military base in the eastern province of Diyala.
In an official statement, the PMU’s 26th Brigade said that a technical team shot down the UAV when it approached the base located in the area of Canaan.
“The UAV was scouting in preparations to strike Iraqi military positions in the upcoming days, however the ability and speed of our forces prevented this,” the statement, which was released by the PMU’s media wing, reads.
The PMU has not released any info regarding the type of the downed UAV or the identity of its operators, so far.
In the last few months, several airstrikes targeted bases and personnel of the PMU throughout Iraq. The most recent attack, which took place on August 25, targeted a commander of the PMU near the al-Qa’im crossing on the border with Syria.
The PMU held Israel and the U.S. responsible for any future attack on its bases or personnel and vowed to respond. The downing of the UAV proves that the Iraqi coalition’s warning was serious.