Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has held Israel responsible for a string of attacks on the positions of the pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), following investigations into recent assaults on the voluntary forces.
“Investigations into the targeting of some Popular Mobilization Forces positions indicate that Israel carried it out,” Abdul-Mahdi said in an interview with the Doha-based Arabic-language al-Jazeera television news network on Monday.
The Iraqi prime minister added that “many indicators show that no one wants war in the region except for Israel.”
Earlier this month, the air defenses of the Popular Mobilization Units, better known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, thwarted an airstrike by an “unidentified” drone on a main military base in Iraq’s north-central province of Salahuddin.
The Salahuddin Operations Command Center of the volunteer forces announced in a statement on September 11 that missile defense systems fired shots at the aircraft as it was flying over the headquarters of the 35th Brigade of the fighters.
The statement said the shots forced the aircraft to leave the area to an unknown location.
Back on September 5, the second-in-command of the Popular Mobilization Units Jamal Jafaar Mohammed Al Ebrahim, better known by the nom de guerre Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, issued an administrative order, declaring the formation of the forces’ Air Force Directorate, and appointing Salah Mahdi Hantous as its chief.
Source: Press TV
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