Reports of a series of powerful explosions at 18:55 on Monday at the pro-Iranian PMU militia’s arms and missiles depot at Dura in southern Baghdad. Some witnesses said they saw “missiles blowing up in the air.” The PMU chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis is the first lieutenant of Al Qods chief the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Another report described a second missile attack against another PMU facility at Ain Ul Saqour near Baghdad. The blasts set off air raid sirens over parts of Iraq, including at the US embassy. No official word has been forthcoming to explain the explosions.