On March 1st, the Jerusalem Post reported that the US and Israeli strikes on alleged Iranian targets in Syria could be a bonding moment for both.
According to the outlet, Israel has carried out more than 1,500 airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria.
Israel and the US have targeted Iranian-backed forces in Syria over the last several days, according to reports.
The airstrikes on the evening of February 28th triggered Syrian air defense, according to Iranian regime media. The strikes may have been in response to an attack on an Israeli-owned vessel in the Gulf of Oman.
“Specifically, the strikes destroyed multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iranian-backed military groups, including Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada,” the US said.
This is an unambiguous message, the US says. The US will act to protect American personnel. “It was a deliberate and planned retaliation.”
Israel, on the other hand, allegedly acts out against Iranian targets, but also has little interest in a Syria that’s consolidated under one leadership.
Of course, not everything is running without a hitch.
Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) said the recent US raid against its forces was conducted on the Iraqi-Syrian border, and not on the Syrian soil as claimed.
In a statement, the PMU warned that the US aggression is a harbinger of “dangerous incidents” in the future.
“Given the seriousness of this issue and its implications for the sovereignty, security and stability of our beloved country of Iraq, Hashd al-Sha’abi waited for a while for the full narrative of this attack to be completed, and to be confirmed that our fighters were not deep in Syria, in contrast to the narrative provided by US aggressive forces,” said the PMU, which is known in Iraq as Hashd al-Sha’abi.
“Glory and honor belong to that great martyr of ours and all the martyrs of Iraq who bravely stood against terrorism,” said the PMU, which has been fighting the remnants of ISIS. It was one of the main driving forces that led to ISIS’ continuing defeat.
Separately, Nujaba: Resistance forces have justified their reasons to attack US targets.
A spokesman of al-Nujaba movement, which is part of the PMU, said the Iraqi resistance forces from now will have justified reasons to attack US targets in the country, as a result of the US military’s Thursday attack.
“All previous agreements [with the Iraqi government] have been annulled and the resistance now has the right to set its own goals,” Nasr al-Shammari told Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen television news network.
Al-Shammari explained that while the resistance considered the US embassy in Iraq as the “den of spies”, it had agreed not to target the embassy.
He criticized the Iraqi government for not providing any explanation about the attack, warning that if the government refuses to introduce the mercenary elements who passed on intelligence about the PMU’s position to the US, the resistance will reserve the right to directly take action.
Meanwhile, a member of the Iraqi parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee has asked the country’s foreign ministry to file a complaint against the US at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
“The US aggression and repeated attacks on Hashd al-Sha’abi forces have led to international condemnation of the US, and Iraq can launch cases against the US at the international arena,” Mukhtar al-Musawi, who is also a former PMU commander, told al-Maalomah news agency.
Additionally, the US was accused of trying to allow terrorists to move into Iraq and destabilize the situation.
The spokesman of al-Anbar Province’s nomads the US is trying to bring the terrorists from Syria to Iraq.
“A recent US airstrike on Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi facilities at the Iraqi-Syrian border was aimed at opening a pathway for Daesh elements to enter Iraq,” Rabah al-Karbouli told al-Maalomah news agency.
– On February 28, the PMU killed 3 ISIS members in Jurf al-Nasr area
– On February 28, the PMU and Iraqi Army carried out a joint security operation in southwest of Kirkuk
– On February 28, the PMU and Iraqi Army carried out a joint security operation in north of Khanaqin
– On February 28, at least 5 PMU members were killed while defusing an ISIS VBIED in Haditha area
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