Friday, June 22, 2018

Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi Vows Response to Deadly Syria Strike

Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi Vows Response to Deadly Syria Strike
The Iraqi voluntary and pro-government Popular Mobilization Units pledged to get revenge for a deadly air raid on their fellow fighters in Syria’s eastern province of Deir ez-Zor earlier this week, blaming the United States or Israel for the attack.

Hezbollah Brigades spokesman Jaafar al-Husseini said it was still too early to say definitively whose forces carried out the late Sunday strike against the border town of al-Hari near the frontier with Iraq but insisted it “could only have been” the Americans or Israelis.

“When it becomes known who was responsible then there will be an appropriate response and the hand of the resistance will strike anywhere,” Husseini said during a memorial ceremony for the fallen fighters at a mosque in Baghdad, Press TV reported.

Both the Syrian government and Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units – commonly known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, initially pinned the blame on the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

“We have reasons to believe that it was an Israeli strike,” a US official later told AFP on condition of anonymity. Israel has so far declined to comment.

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