New Delhi: At least six people have been killed in a latest US airstrike targetting Hashd al-Shaabi military commander in north of Baghdad. According to Reuters, two of the three vehicles making up a militia convoy were found burned, as well as six burned corpses. The strikes took place at 1:12 am local time, he said.
The attack comes just a day after a US drone strike killed powerful and celebrated Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as Popular Mobilisation Force (PMF), denied that a senior commander was in the convoy.
Hashd is an Iraqi state-sponsored umbrella organization composed of some 40 militias that are mostly Shia Muslim groups, but also include Sunni Muslim, Christian, and Yazidi individuals.
Following the killing of a top Iranian general by the United States, the Pentagon is deploying up to 3, 500 more troops to the Middle East in a show of force, AFP reported a White House official as saying on Friday.
The 82nd Airborne Division’s Global Response Force will provide the additional police. Earlier this week also, it had supplied several hundred extra troops to the region amid the growing tensions following an attack on the US embassy in Baghdad.
“The brigade will deploy to Kuwait as an appropriate and precautionary action in response to increased threat levels against US personnel and facilities, and will assist in reconstituting the reserve,” AFP reported the official as saying.