Iraq

Hashd al-Sha’abi forces shoot down spy drone over Baghdad

Iraq’s PMU, better known by Hashd al-Sha’abi forces, says it has shot down an unidentified spy drone over Baghdad.

According to a statement by the PMU, carried by al-Soumariah, the aerial vehicle was shot down “by the air defenses of Hashd al-Sha’abi”.

Earlier in the day, senior Iraqi cleric Ammar al-Hakim called on Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to adopt effective measures aimed at defending the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the wake of strong indications that the US and Israel were involved in recent attacks on PMU’s positions.

On Wednesday, second-in-command of the PMU, Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, also blamed the US and Israel for recent explosions at the group’s bases in the Arab country.

“We have evidence that shows the US has brought four Israeli drones into Iraq,” he said, adding, the Americans “are using the drones to target the Hashd al-Sha’abi forces and Iraqi bases, rather than targeting the Daesh” terrorist group.

Mohandes also vowed that “from now on we will target any drone flying over our bases.”

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