Major Airstrikes Rock Iran-Backed Iraqi Militias Near Baghdad, Casualties Reported

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MONDAY, JAN 18, 2021 – 19:50

updateMoments ago US Central Command denied that the United States was involved in the reported airstrikes on Iraqi paramilitary positions south of Baghdad.

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In what could be the start of a last-minute ‘counter Iran’ military operation which many have anticipated during President Trump’s final days in office, a major air assault on Iran-backed paramilitary units southwest of Baghdad is being reported in regional media.

F-16 Fighting Falcon, file image: US Air Force

“Casualties reported after airstrikes hit Iraqi forces’ positions in Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil province,” Iran’s PressTV reports.

Militia sources have told regional media the attack was conducted by US-F-16 jets. However, it remains that little information has been verified.

The area is known for hosting the headquarters for Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitary units.

Gulf-based Al-Arabiya reports the following:

Multiple explosions were heard south of Iraq’s capital overnight Monday in what reports suggest may have been US airstrikes on Iran-backed militias.

The Pentagon and US Central Command (CENTCOM) have not yet responded to a request for comment.

Though unconfirmed, militia as well as Iranian state sources are saying that at least 6 Iraqi soldiers have been killed.

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