Sep 15, 2021 06:43 UTC
  • PMU convoy attacked near Iraq-Syria border; US denies involvement

A military convoy belonging to Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, has reportedly come under attack by US airstrikes near the Iraq-Syria border.

Sabereen News, a Telegram news channel associated with the PMU, said the attack took place late on Tuesday and targeted three vehicles carrying infrared monitoring equipment in the town of al-Bukamal in the eastern Province of Dayr al-Zawr.

The news channel said the convoy was struck by four missiles fired from US F-15 fighter jets, and that the attack left no casualties.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing military officials in Iraq's western Anbar Province, said, "Warplanes and drones directed four missiles at the headquarters of the Popular Mobilization regiments that are securing the Syrian-Iraqi border strip."

The vehicles were carrying infrared monitoring equipment, which is used by the PMU and other counter-terrorism forces to prevent infiltration by members of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group.

Media reports indicate that the attack was carried out by the United States, but the US military denied any involvement, with Army Colonel Wayne Morotto claiming in a tweet that the US "did not conduct air strikes in al-Bukamal, Sept. 14, 2021."

Back in June, the Pentagon conducted airstrikes against three targets belonging to Iraqi resistance groups along Iraq and Syria’s common border in the same area.