Iraq: Hashd al-Sha’abi forces foil drone attack on military base

Hashd al-Sha’abi forces have reportedly thwarted an airstrike by an “unidentified” unmanned aerial vehicle on a main military base in the country’s northern-central province of Salahuddin.

The Salahuddin Operations Command Center of the volunteer forces announced in a statement that missile defense systems fired shots at the drone as it was flying over the headquarters of the 35th Brigade of the fighters, better known by the Arabic word Hashd al-Sha’abi, Iraq’s al-Ahad television network reported on Wednesday.

The statement added that the shots forced the aircraft to leave the area to an unknown location.

On September 5, second-in-command of the Popular Mobilization Units, Jamal Jafaar Mohammed Al Ebrahim – better known by the nom de guerre Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, issued an administrative order, declaring the formation of the forces’ Air Force Directorate, and appointing Salah Mahdi Hantous as its chief.


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