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Several Iraqi soldiers have either been killed or injured as a US airstrike hits their base in the western Anbar Province.
(PressTV) ~ According to Iraq’s joint operations command, which oversees the campaign against the Daesh Takfiris, said in a statement on Friday that forces from Iraq’s 3rd Division 55th Brigade were hit by a US airstrike at around 1:00 PM (1000 GMT) as they were advancing on the positions of the terrorists near Amriyat al-Fallujah, west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
It said a coalition strike was carried out “without taking into account the distance that had been covered” by the Iraqi troops.
An officer and nine soldiers were killed or wounded, the command center said without providing a breakdown.
However, the head of the defense and security committee of the Iraqi parliament, Hakim al-Zameli, put the casualty figures far higher, saying at least 20 Iraqi troops were killed and 30 others injured in the attack.
Zameli said he had called Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to “immediately” launch an investigation into the attack.
A military source described the attack as accidental and not intentional, saying the Iraqi forces were hit due to their proximity to the positions of Daesh in Naimiyah.
Colonel Steve Warren, a Baghdad-based official of the coalition said, however, that the coalition would investigate any serious allegation of wrongdoing.
Iraqi army and allied paramilitary fighters maintain a heavy presence in Anbar where they have been engaged in a massive operation against the Daesh Takfiri group.
Iraqi pro-government forces hold a position in the Tel Mushaihed area, east of Ramadi, a large city on the Euphrates 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of Baghdad on December 17, 2015. ©AFP
The Iraqi army and allied forces have managed to recapture most parts of the desert province, including several districts of its capital Ramadi, which fell into the hands of Daesh in May.
Iraq has on several occasions complained about the ineffectiveness of the air strikes launched by the US and its allies in June 2014 allegedly targeting Daesh Takfiri terrorists in north and west of Iraq.
Iraqis say many attacks have been carried out without coordination with Baghdad, increasing the likelihood of coalition fighter jets hitting civilians and Iraqi forces.
In a similar incident in Syria, US warplanes hit a military base hosting Syrian forces east of the country on December 7, prompting Damascus to harshly criticize Washington for its uncoordinated and unauthorized air campaign.
Syria has also submitted complaint letters to the United Nations, saying the coalition attacks have inflicted huge damages on the country’s infrastructure and led to many civilian casualties.
Popular Forces’ Top Commander Warns to Target US Bases, Turkey’s Military Interests in Iraq
(FNA) – Head of Iraq’s Badr Organization Hadi al-Ameri said his forces are fully prepared to launch strikes at the US military bases and Turkish troops in Iraq.
“We will target all the military bases of the US in Iraq,” the Arabic-language al-Mosle news website quoted al-Ameri as saying in reaction to the US interferences in Iraq.
He, meantime, pointed to Turkey’s interferences in Iraq, and said, “The Turkish government should know that we will destroy all its tanks if it does not withdraw from the city of Mosul.”
On Sunday, a senior commander of Iraq’s volunteer forces lashed out at the US for planning to send special forces to Northern Iraq, and said that Washington is in pursuit of specific political incentives through such measures.
“The recent statements of US Secretary of Defense about dispatch of elite forces to Northern Iraq on the pretext of fighting the ISIL is aimed at eliminating the quadrilateral coalition of Iran, Russia, Syria and Iraq from the battle against the ISIL,” Spokesman of Iraq’s Volunteer Forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) Karim al-Nouri told FNA.
Al-Nouri’s remarks came after US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced that Washington will send its special forces to Iraq to fight against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
Al-Nouri said that Carter’s statements come at a time when the ISIL is collapsing and it is strange because the Iraqi volunteer forces can terminate the ISIL.
“When the ISIL was very close to Baghdad none of the western countries did anything to prevent the terrorist group; and now that they claim to be willing to take action against the Takfiri terrorist group, they should thus be after some ill-intentions,” he added.
The Iraqi volunteer forces spokesman underlined that the quadrilateral coalition (Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria) will defeat the ISIL without the US help.
On Saturday, Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi volunteer forces warned that they will strike at Ankara’s interests in retaliation for the Turkish army’s illegal border crossing and deployment in Iraq’s Northern Nineveh province.
The Hash al-Shaabi’s reaction came after Turkey dispatched a battalion comprising 130 soldiers to an area near the city of Mosul in Nineveh province on the pretext of providing military training to the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.
In reaction to Turkey’s unsolicited dispatch of forces to Iraq, a battalion of Iraq’s volunteer forces threatened that they will target the Turkish government’s interests on Iraq’s soil.
On Wednesday, several commanders of the Iraqi popular forces underlined that they will surely confront and fight against the US troops in case of their deployment in the Muslim country.
“We do not accept the presence of the US forces in Iraq and we will fight against them,” the Iraqi commanders said.
On December 1, Carter announced that the US plans to deploy more special forces to Iraq to put greater pressure on the ISIL militants.
In early November, Iraq’s Ahl al-Haq Popular Forces Spokesman Naim al-Aboudi warned Washington against hatching plots for his country, and meantime underlined that the Baghdad government would never accept the presence of the US forces in Iraq.
“The Iraqi government is against the presence of foreign military forces, including Americans or non-Americans in Iraq, because it is aware of the reaction of the great nation of Iraq to such a move,” al-Aboudi told FNA.
He reiterated that the Iraqi popular forces, specially Ahl al-Haq, will deal with the US troops in Iraq like occupying forces, implying that the popular forces will kill the US troops on sight.
Al-Aboudi said that the US is plotting to confiscate the victories that the Iraqi popular forces have gained in Iraq.
He underlined that the Iraqi nation and popular forces do not trust the US and the US-led anti-ISIL coalition.
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