The United States government has denied carrying out an airstrike which killed 6 high-profile members of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an umbrella group of Iran-backed militias.
Multiple reports alleged that the PMF members were traveling in a three-car convoy north of Baghdad when the strike occurred.
While Iraqi State TV said the latest strike which left three others injured was carried out by the US, the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State said on Saturday, January 4 that it did not conduct any airstrikes near Camp Taji north of Baghdad.
A spokesperson for the Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), Colonel Myles B. Caggins III tweeted;
“FACT: The Coalition @CJTFOIR did NOT conduct airstrikes near Camp Taji (north of Baghdad) in recent days.”
Iraq’s military also denied carrying out the airstrike which struck a medical convoy in Taji, north of Baghdad.
This is coming after Newsweek reported that Pentagon officials said that the US carried out a strike that meant to target the Imam Ali Brigades.
They further claimed it is likely that the leader of the group, Shubul al-Zaidi, was killed, Newsweek reported on Saturday. However, the PMF initially said that medics were killed, but no senior officials were among them.