Iraqi premier blames Israel for recent attacks on Iraqi militia positions

Dr. Adil Abdul Al Mehdi, former Vice President of Iraq

Baghdad ( – Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi has accused Israel of being behind attacks on positions held by Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq.

“Investigations into the targeting of some Popular Mobilisation Forces positions indicate that Israel carried it out,” Al Jazeera quoted Abdul Mahdi as saying on Monday.

Several raids by unmanned aircraft targeted bases and weapon depots of the Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq earlier this month, leaving paramilitary fighters killed.

The Israeli military declined to comment on the Iraqi premier’s remarks, saying “these are reports from foreign media and we do not comment on them”.

The Pentagon denied that U.S. forces were involved in the attacks against the Shi’ite militias in Iraq.

Abdul Mahdi, who visited Saudi Arabia last week, also told Al Jazeera the kingdom and Iran are ready to negotiate to put an end to heightened tensions following an attack on Saudi oil facilities.

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