Loud Explosions Heard in Southern Iraq, Reports Say

The Hezbollah linked Al-Meyadeen TV reported that American warplanes were heard flying over Syria's border with Iraq prior to the explosions

Haaretz
Jack Khoury
File photo: Airstrike in Damascus, Syria, January 2019.
File photo: Airstrike in Damascus, Syria, January 2019. Credit: SANA / AP
Haaretz
Jack Khoury

Loud explosions were heard south of Iraq's capital of Baghdad Tuesday overnight, according to Lebanese Al-Meyadeen TV.  The Hezbollah linked Al-Meyadeen also reported that American warplanes were heard flying over Syria's border with Iraq prior to the explosions. 

FOX News later cited a senior U.S. official saying "there are no U.S. airstrikes near Baghdad tonight, despite various tweets from the region."

The explosions were heard in Jurf al-Nasr, some 60 kilometers (37 miles) southwest of Baghdad, an area taken by the Islamic State in 2014 and liberated that year by the Iraqi army and Shi’ite militias.

The militias, headed by the Hezbollah Brigades, turned Jurf al-Nasr into a military base.

The Hezbollah Brigades are one of five militias set up by Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force who was assassinated in January in an American drone strike.

These militias carried out the missile strikes against American targets at Iraqi army camps and against facilities in Baghdad's Green Zone, where government ministries, parliament and foreign embassies are located.

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