U.S. Military Denies, Israel Declines to Comment on Iraq-Syria Border Strike Reports

The U.S. military has denied conducting airstrikes against Iraqi militias operating in eastern Syria near the border with Iraq, and Israeli forces would not comment on the alleged incident. Speaking on behalf of the U.S.-led coalition tasked with fighting the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in the region in comments referred to Newsweek by the Pentagon, Army Colonel Wayne Morotto said he “can confirm we did not conduct air strikes in Al-Bukamal, Sept. 14, 2021.”
The statement followed reports from Sabreen News, an Iraqi outlet affiliated with pro-Iran “Axis of Resistance” elements opposed to the U.S. military presence in both Iraq and Syria, stating that four Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) missiles fired by a U.S. drone destroyed three vehicles attached to a convoy of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces and infrared monitoring equipment said to be used to prevent infiltration by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). Footage accompanying the reports appeared to show at least two burning vehicles on the Syrian side of the border with Iraq.

Source: News week

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