Syria Daily: US Denies Deadly Attack on Iranian-Led Iraqi Militia

Mourners with the coffins of Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen killed in Iraq near the Syrian border, during a funeral in Najaf, Iraq, August 8, 2017 (Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters)

An Iraqi Shia militia, backed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, says more than 110 of its fighters have been killed or wounded by a US attack in Iraq near the Syrian border on Monday.

The Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada militia said in a statement, “We hold the American army responsible for this act,” adding that “smart rockets” were used. A spokesman said 36 fighters — including several Revolutionary Guards — were killed and 75 others wounded.

Abu Ala Welayi, the leader of Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada, told Iran’s Tasnim News Agency that the US and Islamic State jointly attacked. He raised the death toll to 47 and said seven Revolutionary Guards were killed, including chief commander and strategist Hossein Qomi.

The US-led coalition said the claims were “inaccurate”, as it was not carrying out air attacks in the area at the time.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi supported that version, saying an initial investigation showed that the Islamic State “carried out a breach using artillery and car bombs”.

And so did the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility and said it captured armored vehicles, weapons, and ammunition.

The attack on the militia was just across the border from the Free Syrian Army base, where US special forces are present, near Tanf in eastern Syria. The US has declared a 55-km (34-mile) exclusion zone around the base.

In May, US warplanes struck pro-Assad forces — including Hezbollah and Iranian-supported Iraqi militia — on three occasions when they moved inside the zone.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


  1. first they said it was artillery, then they said “smart rockets”, then they said it was coalition airstrikes. Highly credible group. Wish we had laid waste to them. Kissenger is right about Iran.

  2. Lying and taqiyya is par for the course under the Islamic regime of Iran. Factuality and accuracy does not even come into the equation. All “facts” are to be manipulated to reflect the “holy narrative”. There is no society more base and lacking even the basics of a civilization than an Islamic society. This from someone who grew up and lived in such an Islamic society.

    On the other hand it is rather odd that ISIS would have such a presence to the south or southeast of the Tanf border, inside Iraq. There are no towns or economies there — just desert, and ISIS needs to dominate a population and parasite on their existence. Something does not add up here.

  3. Three and a half years surviving in ISIS’ biggest stronghold as a Christian – now being rescued by @SyriacMFS #SDF 8/8/2017

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson needs to clarify whether he believes the Islamic State’s mass slaughter and persecution of Yazidis, Christians, and other minorities in Iraq will spur more U.S. action or further limit it, Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and human rights activists say.

    Rubio on Monday marked the third anniversary of ISIS’s assault on Yazidis and Christians in Iraq by pressing Tillerson to publicly declare whether he believes the massacre and kidnapping of these religious minorities in Iraq amounts to genocide. 8/7/2017

    Yazidis are referred to in Syria, and call themselves, Dawasin, after the old geographic name of a region in northern Iraq.

    The Yazidi faith is secret and contains elements of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as paganism and occultism; Yazidis consider the Bible and the Quran sacred. Yazidis are often called, somewhat inaccurately, “devil worshipers” by other Syrians. Yazidi rites involve placating an angel, called Malik Taus and symbolized as a sacred peacock, who fell from grace and after repentance in hell was restored to God’s favor. This central Yazidi belief probably derived in part from the Christian concept of Satan. However, it was also influenced by notions of redemption, resurrection, and immortality, of which the peacock, like the phoenix, is an ancient Middle Eastern pagan symbol. 1988

  4. Tonight’s Sky in Ar-Raqqah, Aug 9 – Aug 10, 2017 (7 planets visible) 8/9/2017

    Are modern translations wrong to apply the name “morning star” to Jesus in the New Testament? 10/15/2011

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  5. #International: Hasan Hasan performs his post-man role for the Bin Ziyad regime of UAE again “Syrian opposition: stop trusting #Turkey to deliver the fall of #Assad” – @hxhassan

    • Erdowan Kenobi will do a deal with Assad and the Russians in an eyeblink (if he has not already). Taqiyya Tayyip has no principles or human decency. Anything goes and is expendable in his quest for a caliphate as long as he is the caliph. You need to understand the Islamic and Islamist mentality.

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