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Mystery Air strikes on Syria-Iraq border leave 52 dead

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  1. BHarwana

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    There have been Air strikes on SAA and Iraqi forces fighting ISIS in the area. Syrians were quick to blame USA for the strikes but USA denied the report.

    Syrian, Iraqi forces say US bombs military border positions, US denies
    https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/3...-us-bombs-military-border-positions-us-denies

    In the latest turn of events the USA has shifted the blame to Israel.

    Israel Did That! US Official Blames Syria Strike on IDF

    What Sputnik reported earlier as a US-led coalition strike on Syria has turned out to be an Israeli airstrike - at least according to one US official who spoke with CNN.

    Israel, not the US, is responsible for an airstrike that killed dozens near the Syria-Iraq border, an anonymous US official said Monday, CNN reported. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the official told reporters that the Pentagon is going out of its way to publicly make clear that it was not involved in the attack.

    As Sputnik reported earlier, the Sunday night airstrike targeted positions in the Syrian settlement of al-Harra, which is southeast of Abu Kamal, near the border with Iraq. An unnamed commander of forces in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Reuters that "probably American" drones bombed the positions between Abu Kamal and al-Tanf.



    According to Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces, 22 of its members were killed, while estimates by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say the total death toll was 52 people, Haaretz reported.

    "At 22:00 last night, a US plane hit a fixed headquarters of the Popular Mobilization Forces' 45th and 46th brigades, defending the border strip with Syria, using two guided missiles which led to the martyrdom of 22 fighters," Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces said in a statement Monday, demanding an explanation from the United States.

    "Among [those killed] are at least 30 Iraqi fighters and 16 Syrians, including soldiers and members of loyalist militias," Syrian Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told reporters.

    US Department of Defense spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway immediately denied involvement by either the US or the US-led coalition against Daesh in the attack.

    "Not a US or coalition strike," Rankine-Galloway said Sunday.

    "No member of the US-led coalition carried out strikes near Abu Kamal," Major Josh Jacques, a US Central Command spokesperson, told Reuters.

    According to the anonymous US official who spoke with CNN, the US military is concerned the Iraqi Mobilization Forces might retaliate against US troops stationed in Iraq, which the current government, led by cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, has publicly called an "occupation." The official said that the Pentagon is doing everything it can to minimize the risk of retaliatory action.

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    https://sputniknews.com/military/201806191065530446-israel-syria-iraq-strike/
     
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  2. BHarwana

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    Why would Israel target Iraqi troops. I can understand Israel hitting Syrian troops but why Iraq. I think USA did the strikes and is afraid that Al-Sadar will target US troops in return?

    Or may be it was Israel?

    Then targeting Iraqi troops is not good for them.

    Iraq condemns any air operations targeting areas where forces fighting IS: statement

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Iraq’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement late on Monday that it “expresses rejection and condemnation of any air operations targeting forces in areas where they are fighting ISIS, whether in Iraq or Syria or any other area where there is a battlefield against this enemy that threatens humanity.”

    The statement added that the ministry reiterates its call for all countries to stand together to face these “extremist groups,” and it sees the necessity for an international coalition to coordinate regularly and accurately with the forces fighting these groups as well as to offer help and support.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...re-forces-fighting-is-statement-idUSKBN1JE2YS

    Some Air force is trying hard to save ISIS who is it?

    @Path-Finder
     
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    Israeli F-35s active in support of ISIS.
     
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    This seems likely.

    Mystery = stealth
     
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    They were not Iraqi troops. They were not in Iraq. They are Khamenai mercenaries (Katayeb Hezbollah and Nujaba) in Syria. Good riddance. Whoever did that.
     
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    Tell that to Iraqis the protest is being launched by Iraq's foreign ministry.

    I have no info who attacked them. It is the Iraqi you have to satisfy and troops belonged to AL-Sadar who is anti-Iran and Anti USA.
     
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    Possibly iran as an excuse to send more of their soldiers into Iraq and Syria?
     
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    Could be the case but Iran would have to fly over Iraq and they would have been detected by USA and Advance US RADARS.
     
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  9. Śakra

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    Good point. I don’t think it was America, those guys gloat over everything. Trump would have announced victory even before their missiles reached there.
     
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    another failure of airdefences of Syria
     
  11. BHarwana

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    I cannot make out any culprit in this Israel has no point to bomb AL-Sadar troops other then making passage for ISIS and USA could have the same task. Who ever it was it was one of the 2.

    No air defenses in this part the region is not under air threat
     
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  12. Śakra

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    Russia testing out the PAKFA?
     
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  13. BHarwana

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    It is only Iraqi air force who operates in this area and both sides have allowed Iraqis to hit ISIS.

    Who ever it was the bombing was done with a fifth gen that is for sure. The airstrikes used 2 laser guided bombs that is not a payload of PAKFA it is a pay load of internal weapons bay and PAKFA don't has internal weapons bay.
     
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    As far as I know 48 men of the assad regime have been killed. Putin is mum again!
     
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  15. BHarwana

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    Who ever is killed the point is the people killed were not fighting FSA they were not fighting Khurds they were not fighting Israelis they were not fighting anyone but ISIS south east Syria has no FSA no white helmets there is only ISIS there and who ever bombed them is supporting ISIS.
     
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