Plumes of smoke rise after an explosion at a military base southwest of Baghdad, Iraq, August 12, 2019. (AP)

January 19, 2021

Multiple explosions were heard south of Iraq’s capital overnight Monday in what reports suggest may have been US or Israeli airstrikes on Iran-backed militias.

US Central Command (CENTCOM) said it was not aware “of any strikes in Iraq,” according to a Reuters reporter in Washington.

The Pentagon did not respond to a request for comment.

The airstrikes were reported south of Baghdad in Jurf al-Sakhr.

Meanwhile, pro-Iran groups raised the possibility of an Israeli strike on militia outposts.

Now Telegram channels linked to Iran/“axis of resistance” are talking about an “Israeli attack” after the US denied carrying any airstrike in Iraq tonight.— Nafiseh Kohnavard (@nafisehkBBC) January 19, 2021

Last March, US airstrikes targeted a weapons depot in the area, which it said belonged to Kata’ib Hezbollah.

Al Arabiya

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