US air strikes kill tens of Iraqi popular forces

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TEHRAN (FNA)- Tens of Iraqi popular forces, fighting the terrorist groups, were killed in the US air strikes against their positions around Mahmoudiya city, South of Baghdad.

“The US attacks targeted the volunteer forces around Mahmoudiya which led to the complete destruction of a battalion and martyrdom of tens of people,” an Iraqi security force told FNA on Sunday.

The source said given the US blind attacks on popular forces, the residents of Mahmoudiya are due to hold protest rallies to call on the religious leaders, the parliament and the government to adopt a serious stance against the massacre of the people by the so-called anti-ISIL coalition.

This is not the first time that the US-led bombers attack the positions of popular forces both in Iraq and Syria.

Earlier this week, the US-led forces killed ten civilians in two recent air strikes in Syria, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said seven civilians were killed when an air strike hit a gas plant near the town of al-Khasham is the Eastern Deir Ezzur province on Friday, and three civilians were killed in an air strike on Thursday night in the Northeastern province of al-Hassakah.

The coalition has been bombing ISIL targets in Iraq since August and extended the campaign to Syria in September.

Meantime, sources in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani told FNA earlier on Sunday thatthe bombing campaign which targeted ISIL positions in the Eastern and Southern parts of the city were useless as terrorists’ artilleries and other heavy weapons and equipment and the main transit route of the terrorists, from Tal Abyaz and Jerablus towards Kobani, were not raided at all.

As a result ISIL is very calmly reorganizing its troops to prepare for more attacks, Farhad Shami added.

By Fars News Agency


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