The Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known as Hashd al-Shaabi forces, in Iraq say the US-led coalition fired a missile at their command tent at the recently liberated Tal Afar Airport after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with commanders there.
In a statement released on Friday, the PMU said that the attack took place on Thursday and left several people injured.
An investigative committee has been set up to probe the incident, with its examination of the missile wreckage showing that the laser-guided rocket had not been fired by the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group, the statement read.
It also added that the missile landed one meter and a half from the PMU commanders’ tent while a drone belonging to the US-led coalition was up in the sky.
The PMU called on the US-led alliance to provide an explanation for the incident, noting that it will announce the findings of the probe after its conclusion.
On Saturday, the Iraqi parliament approved the merger of the PMU with the army. Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) Ammar Hakim hailed the development as a national event.
The PMU also freed 400 Iraqi families held by Daesh as human shields in western Tal Afar. Iraqi media said the popular forces further liberated three villages in the region and killed a large number of militants.
The United States and some of its allies have been carrying out airstrikes in Iraq since June 2014 allegedly targeting Daesh elements in the northern and western parts of the conflict-plagued Arab country.