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Report: Drone strike hits positions of Iraqi anti-terror fighters in Syria

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The al-Qa’im-Bukamal border crossing between Iraq and Syria

An unidentified drone has targeted positions held by Iraqi resistance groups in Syria’s border city of al-Bukamal in the eastern Dayr al-Zawr province.

Citing an informed security source, Al Jazeera TV channel reported the attack early on Saturday. Iraqi officials and the anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) or Hashd al-Sha’abi have not yet commented on the report.

Some Iraqi media reported that anti-terror groups had downed an American drone conducting a hostile mission against resistance units on the Iraqi-Syrian border, using aviation warfare (AW) systems.

The border between Bukamal and the Iraqi town of al-Qa’im is the only major crossing between Iraq and Syria that is run by the governments of the two neighboring countries.

Two other crossings of Rabia and al-Waleed do not have the capacity for commercial use due to the presence of Kurdish militants and US occupation forces, respectively.

The Bukamal crossing was liberated by the resistance front from the grip of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group four years ago, and since then American fighter jets have conducted deadly aerial assaults on the area.

Israel also carries out air raids on positions inside Syria in flagrant violation of the UN Charter, international law, and Security Council resolutions that urge respect for the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Tel Aviv regime mostly keeps quiet about the attacks, which many view as knee-jerk reaction to the Damascus government’s increasing success in its counter-terrorism battle.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-sponsored militancy since March 2011, with the US and its allies, including Israel, aiding terrorist groups.

However, Syrian government forces, backed by Iran and Russia, have managed to win back control of almost all regions from Takfiri militants.

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