Iraqi militia says new drone attack kills commander

The drone attack occurred Sunday near the Qaim border crossing.
Sunday 25/08/2019
Popular Mobilization Forces members stand by a bruning truck after a drone attack near Qaim border crossing, in Anbar province, Iraq Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AFP)
Popular Mobilization Forces members stand by a bruning truck after a drone attack near Qaim border crossing, in Anbar province, Iraq Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AFP)

Two members of an Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitary force say that a new drone attack has killed one commander and wounded another near the border with Syria.

Officials from the Hezbollah Brigades, separate from the Lebanese groups of the same name, said the drone attack occurred Sunday near the Qaim border crossing.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to journalists about the matter.

Iraq's Hezbollah Brigades operate under the umbrella of the state-sanctioned militias known collectively as the Popular Mobilisation Forces. Many of them are supported by Iran.

If confirmed, it would be the latest in a series of attacks that have targeted PMF bases and weapons depot in Iraq. US officials have said that Israel was behind at least one of them.