The Zionist entity conducted “several strikes in recent days” in Iraq, including the July 19 attack which targeted a base north of Baghdad, unnamed senior US officials were quoted by the New York Times as saying.
One of the sources said that Tel Aviv was “pushing the limits” with the alleged strikes on Iraq, and that the Zionist entity risks “getting the United States military removed from Iraq”, NYT reported on Thursday.
The remarks come after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted at the Zionist entity’s involvement in the latest attacks on ammunition depots in Iraq belonging to the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) composed of volunteer forces who fought alongside the Iraqi army against ISIL Takfiri group (Daesh).
“We’re acting not only if required, we’re acting in very many theatres against a state that seeks to annihilate us. Obviously I’ve given the security forces the order and the operational freedom to do what is necessary in order to disrupt these plots by Iran. And obviously I’ve also led, and in many ways continue to lead, a global effort against Iran”, Netanyahu told the Russian-language Israeli news network Channel 9 when asked whether Israel acts in Iraq “if required”.
He pledged that he will not grant Tehran immunity “anywhere”, describing the Islamic Republic as a country that is “trying to establish bases against us everywhere, [including] Iran itself, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.”
The statement followed another blast which struck an ammo depot located to the north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Tuesday, the fourth such attack on the PMF since July.
On Wednesday, second-in-command of the PMF Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes blamed the US and the Zionist entity for recent explosions at the group’s bases in the Arab country.
“We have evidence that shows the US has brought four Israeli drones into Iraq,” he said, adding, the Americans “is using the drones to target the PMF and Iraqi bases, rather than targeting the Daesh” terrorist group.
Mohandes also vowed that “from now on we will target any drone flying over our bases.”