Explosion at Iranian-Backed Group’s Base in Iraq

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One person was killed and eight were injured in an explosion at a base used by an Iranian-backed armed group, Harakat al Nujaba, in Iraq’s Babylon Province. The incident occurred early Saturday, causing significant damage to the base’s infrastructure.

Details of the Incident

The explosion, which resulted in one fatality and multiple injuries, was not initially attributed to an air attack. However, military officials suspect that at least one projectile hit the Kalsu base, leading to the destruction seen in social media videos showing damaged buildings and a large crater.

Context and Possible Motives

The base is utilized by various elements of the Iraqi security forces, including the Iraqi army and police, as well as the Popular Mobilization Forces (P.M.F.), a group with ties to Iran. Harakat al Nujaba, stationed at the base, has been involved in attacks on U.S. installations in Iraq and Syria. The strike comes amidst escalating tensions in the region, with recent attacks on Israeli territory involving Iranian-backed forces.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the explosion. The U.S. military and Israeli military have both denied involvement in the strike. The incident follows Israel’s reported attack on an Iranian military air base near Isfahan, marking a potential escalation in hostilities between the two countries.

Falih Hassan contributed from Baghdad.

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