A pro-Iranian militia: Many killed in US air strike at Iraqi-Syrian border

The Iraqi Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi militia claims that a US air strike Monday killed and wounded dozens of its fighters near the Iraqi border with Syria. The militia group, backed by Iran, warned the US there would be serious consequences, stating they will "not remain silent about the attack," and called on the Iraqi government and related authorities to launch an investigation into the incident.

DEBKAfile adds: US and coalition special forces hold a position at Al-Tanf, a key point on the Syrian-Iraqi border. They have fended off unremitting forays for their eviction by pro-Iranian and Syrian government forces because their position stands in the way of Tehran’s goal of a land bridge between the two countries.

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