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Eight pro-Iranian Iraqi fighters killed in Syria

Category: Iraq News

Date: 2020-09-14T15:40:48+0000
Eight pro-Iranian Iraqi fighters killed in Syria

Shafaq News / The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 10 pro-Iran were killed on Monday in strikes by unidentified aircraft on eastern Syria.

AFP quoted the director of the observatory, Rami Abd al-Rahman, saying that the strikes occurred south of the city of Abu Kamal on the border with Iraq in the far reaches of Deir ez-Zor governorate, and caused the death of “ten fighters loyal to Iran, eight Iraqis and two Syrians,” in addition to “destroying ammunition depots and vehicles.”

According to the observatory, the area between the city of Abu Kamal and Al-Mayadeen is under Iranian control, through pro-Iranian groups fighting alongside the Syrian army forces.

Although the observatory's reports suggest that the raids are Israeli, but  it is difficult to verify this when the Syrian official media does not confirm them.

On September 3, the observatory counted 16 Iraqi fighters loyal to Iran had been killed, as a result of strikes that were likely to be Israeli, and 6 fighters loyal to Iran were killed as a result of similar raids in the countryside of Abu Kamal on June 28.

In recent years, Israel has intensified its bombardment rate in Syria, targeting mainly Syrian army positions and Iranian and other Lebanese Hezbollah targets, in order to stop Tehran's attempts to establish its military presence in Syria, which will facilitate Iran to send advanced weapons to Hezbollah.

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