BAGHDAD (Reuters) – An unmanned plane dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-linked Shi’ite paramilitary teams in northern Iraq on Friday, killing at the least one particular person, the military and paramilitary sources stated.
The Iraqi navy stated in a press release a drone had dropped a grenade onto the bottom in northern Salahuddin province, wounding at the least two folks, however gave no additional particulars.
Paramilitary sources within the space and a Baghdad-based paramilitary chief stated one particular person had been killed within the assault, which occurred early on Friday.
There was no fast declare of accountability.
A safety supply stated two explosions hit the bottom, one focusing on an ammunition depot belonging to an Iran-backed group.
The Pentagon denied that U.S. forces have been concerned within the assault, after at the least one Saudi-based information channel reported U.S. strikes on the bottom.
The incident occurred amid heightened stress between america and Iran.
Iraq is seen as a possible area for any violent regional confrontation between the 2 foes due to the presence of Iran-backed Shi’ite Muslim paramilitary teams working in shut proximity to bases internet hosting U.S. forces.
Islamic State militants, additionally enemies of the Shi’ite paramilitaries, function within the space the place the bottom is positioned and in lots of distant areas of northern Iraq, regardless of the group having misplaced its sway over territory.
It has claimed assaults towards Iraqi forces in latest months.
A number of Iraqi bases internet hosting U.S. forces have been hit by a lot of rockets a couple of weeks in the past in unclaimed assaults by which nobody was harm.
Washington is urgent Iraq’s authorities to rein in Iran-backed paramilitary teams which it says pose a menace to U.S. pursuits in Iraq.
The US has blamed Iran for assaults on a number of oil tankers within the Gulf. Tehran denies any involvement.
Reporting by John Davison, Ahmed Rasheed, Ghazwan Hassan in Tikrit and Ali Sultan in Sulaimaniya; Enhancing by Angus MacSwan and Frances Kerry