New air raid on Hashd convoy in Iraq as US-Iran tensions soar
World News of Saturday, 4 January 2020
A new air raid targeting a convoy of an Iran-backed militia has killed at least six people, according to local media, a day after a drone attack by the United States killed top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, at Baghdad airport.
Iraq’s state television said the attack took place along Taji Road north of the capital Baghdad, but did not name the targeted figure.
Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF, said the air raid hit a convoy of medics, adding that none of the top PMF leaders was killed.
An Iraqi army source said six people were killed and three wounded, Reuters news agency reported. Iraqi state television reported that the air raid was carried out by the US.
The US-led coalition fighting the ISIL (ISIS group said on Saturday it did not conduct air strikes near Camp Taji.
“FACT: the coalition @cjtfoir did not conduct airstrikes near Camp Taji (north of Baghdad in recent days,” a spokesman said on Twitter.
Taji Road, where the attack took place, leads to a base belonging to non-US coalition forces, including British and Italian troops, according to Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid, reporting from Baghdad.
Al Jazeera’s correspondent added that a group of vehicles was hit.
A police source told AFP news agency that the bombardment of the Hashd convoy left many “dead and wounded”, without providing a specific toll.
The PMF is an umbrella group of Iran-backed Iraqi militias, which was legally integrated into Iraq’s state security forces. Critics say some of the militias operate independently of Baghdad.