Three pro-Iran fighters killed in Syria air strike: monitor

Three pro-Iran fighters killed in Syria air strike: monitor
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15 September, 2021
A drone strike in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor has killed at least three fighters from Iranian backed militias.
The Albu Kamal border crossing is controlled by Iranian militias [Getty]

Air strikes from unidentified drones killed three pro-Iran fighters in Syria's eastern province of Deir ez-Zor near the Iraqi border, a Britain-based war monitor said on Wednesday.

The drones late Tuesday targeted trucks of the Iraqi paramilitary network Hashed al-Shaabi after they had crossed the border into the Syrian border district of Albu Kamal, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Three were killed and several severely wounded, the monitoring group said.

A source within the Hashed al-Shaabi in Iraq however said that "the strikes destroyed four vehicles, but no one was killed".

"The site targeted was near a border post of the factions on the Iraqi-Syrian border," the source told AFP.

The Fatah alliance, the political wing of the Hashed al-Shaabi, condemned an "abject attack" on its forces on the frontier.

It called on Iraq's government and parliament to "determine the countries responsible" and confront them.

Iran-backed groups, including the Hashed al-Shaabi, are present near the Iraqi border is Syria's far east.

The strikes on Albu Kamal come after a drone attack late Saturday against the Arbil international airport, which includes an air base of the US-led coalition that has been fighting the Islamic State group.

There were no casualties in the attack on the base in Iraqi Kurdistan.

The United States has twice conducted deadly strikes against the Hashed al-Shaabi in eastern Syria since President Joe Biden took office, in February and June this year.

Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes on Syrian territory, targeting regime positions as well as allied pro-Iran forces since the start of the decade-old Syrian war.