US Denies Involvement in Reported Airstrikes on Iran-Backed Militia Base in Iraq

CENTCOM denies US airstrikes on Iran-backed militia base in Iraq, raising tensions in the region as the cause of the explosion remains unclear.

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US Denies Involvement in Reported Airstrikes on Iran-Backed Militia Base in Iraq

US Denies Involvement in Reported Airstrikes on Iran-Backed Militia Base in Iraq

The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) has denied reports that the US conducted airstrikes on a military base belonging to an Iran-backed militia group in Iraq's Babylon province early Saturday morning. The explosion at the base, which is used by the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), reportedly caused material losses and injuries, with at least one PMF fighter killed and six wounded.

According to security sources, the blast occurred at the Kalsu base near Iskandariya, south of Baghdad. The PMF, an umbrella group of armed groups integrated into the Iraqi army, blamed the US for the attack. However, a US official stated that there had been no American military activity in Iraq on that day.

The incident comes less than 24 hours after Israeli airstrikes hit targets in Isfahan, Iran. An Israeli official also denied the country's involvement in the attack on the Iraqi base. The cause of the explosion remains unclear, with experts wondering where it could have originated.

Why this matters: The reported airstrike on the PMF base in Iraq has the potential to escalate tensions in the region, particularly between the US, Israel, and Iran-backed groups. The incident highlights the complex and volatile nature of the security situation in Iraq and the broader Middle East.

Videos from the scene showed flames and a powerful explosion rocking the compound, though it was unclear if the explosion was the direct result of a military strike or caused by munitions inside the compound. The PMF confirmed that an investigation team had arrived at the scene to assess the damage and investigate the cause of the blast. "The explosion caused material losses and injuries," the PMF stated, without providing further details on the number of casualties.

Key Takeaways

  • CENTCOM denied US conducted airstrikes on Iran-backed militia base in Iraq.
  • Explosion at Kalsu base near Iskandariya caused casualties and material losses.
  • PMF blamed US for attack, but US official denied any military activity in Iraq.
  • Incident comes after Israeli airstrikes in Iran, but Israel denied involvement.
  • Explosion's cause remains unclear, with potential to escalate regional tensions.