Drone Attack Hits Shiite Militia Base in Northern Iraq

CAIRO — An unidentified drone or drones attacked a Shiite militia base in northern Iraq early Friday, reportedly destroying parts of a weapons depot and causing casualties among Shiite militiamen and advisers from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Lebanon's Hezbollah. No group claimed responsibility. The U.S. military denied any responsibility in the attack, which coincided with the U.S. downing of an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz that was reportedly threatening a U.S. naval vessel. Amateur video showed people shouting and explosives detonating at the Shiite militia camp following the drone attack near Tuz Kharmato. Some witnesses said several drones attacked the site, although other reports said the base might have been shelled, setting fire to a weapons depot. Trump Says It's Certain That US Shot Down Iranian Drone  Iran denies any of its drones is missing and says US might have shot down its own droneSaudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported that ballistic missiles were being put together at the site under the supervision of Hezbollah and the Revolutionary Guards. The report said the base belonged to the Shiite Badr Brigades, under the command of pro-Iranian politician Hadi al-Ameri. Al-Ameri warned several days ago of the dangers of a potential regional conflict between the United States and Iran. He said Iraq must try to stay out of a conflict in the Persian Gulf between the U.S. and Iran, which would have serious consequences for Baghdad. Order to Shiite militiasTensions also were high inside Iraq as a result of an order nearly two weeks ago by Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mehdi calling on Shiite militia forces, also known as Hushd al-Shaabi, to disarm and join the regular Iraqi armed forces. He said Shiite militiamen who wanted to keep their arms would have to join the armed forces, while those who wished to keep their political affiliations would need to disarm. The attack on the Badr militia camp came just before the deadline... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Drone Attack Hits Shiite Militia Base in Northern Iraq, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Drone Attack Hits Shiite Militia Base in Northern Iraq





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Friday, 19 July



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