Monitor: Strikes on pro-Iran targets near Syrian-Iraqi border kill 15

Beirut - At least 15 Iraqi militiamen loyal to Iran were killed in airstrikes that hit their positions near the Iraqi-Syrian border, a war monitor said on Tuesday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said several strikes were carried out by "unidentified warplanes" on Monday in the Syrian region of al-Bou Kamal, where Iraqi fighters loyal to Iran are based.
SOHR head Rami Abdel Rahman told dpa there were two rounds of strikes on al-Bou Kamal on Monday, "some took place at dawn Monday and others took place late Monday."
"The death toll is from the strikes that took place on Monday at dawn," Abdel Rahman said.
Iran is a major ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Iranian troops and their militia allies from Iraq and Lebanon have been fighting alongside Syrian government troops since an uprising broke out in Syria in 2011.
The attacks came after Israeli shelling targeted late Monday military posts in Quneitra in south-western Syria, a few hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that his country would strike anyone trying to harm it.
The Israeli army said that they struck observation posts and intelligence collection systems, anti-aircraft artillery facilities and command and control systems for the Syrian a

Tuesday, August 4th 2020

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