At least 21 dead, after attacks on Iranian-backed militias in Syria - report

Injuries and deaths were reported in the attacks, according to Al Arabiya.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
September 9, 2019 16:33
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At least 21 dead, after attacks on Iranian-backed militias in Syria - report

Iranian-backed militias stand on a tank close to the Syria-Iraq border. (photo credit: ALAA AL-MARJANI/REUTERS)

Sites belonging to Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria near the border with Iraq were attacked Sunday night, killing at least 21 people, according to Asharq Al-Awsat and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), both based in London.

The attacks targeted sites in Al-Bukamal in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border in the Deir ez-Zor region. The targets reportedly belonged to multiple Iranian militias, including Iraqi Hezbollah. Israel has reportedly carried out similar strikes in that region in the past.

Injuries and deaths were reported in the attacks, according to Al Arabiya. According to the SOHR, it is possible that the number of would increase as scores more were wounded in the attack.

Sites belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps were also targeted, Sky News Arabia reported.
On Tuesday, Fox News reported that Iran was building a major military base near Al-Bukamal to hold thousands of troops and precision missiles.

On Tuesday, Fox News reported that Iran was building a major military base near Al-Bukamal to hold thousands of troops and precision missiles.




According to the report, the secret project, called the Imam Ali compound, was approved by top leadership in Tehran and is being completed by IRGC’s Quds Forces.

The military base, being constructed near the Al-Bukamal border crossing with Iraq, is less than 300 km. (186 miles) from an American military position.

Anna Ahronheim contributed to this report.


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