Coalition denies raiding Popular Mobilization Forces sites’ and ISIS claims responsibility
:: The International coalition against ISIS denied reports that claimed they have launched raids on positions of the Popular Mobilization Forces on the Iraqi-Syrian border.
The reports conflicted about the source of the bomb attack on a Popular Mobilization Forces’ convoy on the Iraqi-Syrian border, killing 36 members of the militias.
For its part, ISIS claimed responsibility for the strike, refuting what was reported that US aircrafts, or artillery, was behind the bombing near Akashat. The organization published a video and pictures of the operation in which they arrested a number of elements.
Dozens of fighters of the Popular Forces were killed on Monday evening, as a result of the bomb attack near the Iraqi-Syrian border.
The Iraqi military sources said earlier that the bombing of the “international coalition” came through “fighter aircraft”, targeting groups of the Popular Mobilization Forces which approached the Iraqi-Syrian border, who left their positions in the Iraqi territory near the town of Akashat (about 50 km east of the Syrian Iraqi borders).
It is noteworthy to mention that several factions of the militia are deployed near the Iraqi-Syrian border in an attempt to control and oversee the area.
The Anadolu news agency quoted a source in the Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq as saying that “36 fighters in the militia were killed and 80 were wounded by US artillery shelling targeting their convoy on the Iraqi-Syrian border.”
In an interview with Anadolu, the source, who asked not to be named, said that “US artillery forces in Syria shelled, on Monday, a convoy of one of the factions of the popular mobilization forces.”
He added that “the shelling took place inside the Syrian territory in the opposite direction of the Akashat area in the province of Ar-Rutbah in Anbar located in the extreme west of Iraq.”
On the other hand, a security source in the Anbar province told Anadolu that “the popular mobilization forces were bombed after crossing the border line from Iraq to Syria.”
The brigades of “Sayed al Chouhad’a” stated that the attack resulted in many deaths and victims in the ranks of their fighters, saying that “this attack will not go unpunished.”
The brigades said in a statement posted on their website on Monday that US forces had heavily bombed militia sites “in the Iraqi-Syrian border and in the opposite direction of Akashat.”