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MARCH 2021

US Trains Iraqi Special Forces that Could Be Used to Eliminate Commanders of Popular Mobilization Units – UNCONFIRMED

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According to the Skypress news website, the US forces have trained about 400 servicemen of the Iraqi Special Forces to assassinate commanders of the Popular Mobilization Units in Iraq.

US Trains Iraqi Special Forces that Could Be Used to Eliminate Commanders of Popular Mobilization Units – UNCONFIRMED

Photo: US Army / Capt. A. Sean Taylor

About 400 servicemen of the Iraqi Special Forces have been trained by the US forces in order to form the so-called Tiger Unit, supposed to assassinate commanders of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known as Hashd al-Shaabi, the Skypress news website reported, citing its own unnamed sources.

According to the website, only 50 of the trained servicemen became members of the Tiger Unit. Their main task is to eliminate PMU commanders, especially those, who are opposed to the US army’s presence in Iraq.

“These forces have been trained by US intelligence officers and technical engineers to find the location of all commanders too,” the website quoted its sources.

The news came after last month commander of Asa’eb al-Haq Movement, affiliated to the Iraqi PMU, Javad al-Talaybawi, said that the US forces have been trying to evacuate commanders of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group from the besieged city of Tal Afar, located to the west of Mosul. The statement was made after photos, showing the US forces, assisting IS terrorists, were published by a number of media.

At the same time, a member of Iraqi Parliament’s Security and Defense Commission, Iskandar Watut, called for an investigation of photos and videos, showing US planes, dropping aid packages over IS-held regions. The parliamentarian noted that US planes several times dropped packages of food stuff, arms and other necessary items over IS-held regions, as well as called on the Iraqi air defense to watch out planes of the US-led coalition.

In February, eyewitnesses said that US military planes rendered assistance to IS terrorists, stationed in the area of Tal Afar to the west of Mosul.

“We saw several packages, dropped out by a US Army’s aircraft in the surrounding areas of the city of Tal Afar in western Nineveh province, and six people also came out of a US plane on the IS-controlled areas,” the Fars news agency quoted words of the eyewitnesses.

The city of Tal Afar has been under the siege of the PMU forces for about three months. So far, all efforts of IS terrorists to help their comrades, besieged in Tal Afar, have been failed.

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