- An Iraqi official told the Associated Press that Tuesday's blast also occurred in a warehouse belonging to a Shiite militia.
- A deadly blast hit an ammunition depot in southwest Baghdad last week, killing one and injuring four, according to the Associated Press.
- Last month, an explosion occurred at the American base in Salah al-Din province, killing two Iranians and causing a massive fire, the Associated Press reported.
Reports indicate a major explosion occurred in an ammunition depot belonging to an Iranian-backed militia in northern Baghdad on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had earlier tacitly confirmed that Israel was involved in an attack on Iraqi government-affiliated militia centers.
This is the latest in a series of mysterious explosions that have taken place in recent weeks at military bases and ammunition depots around Iraqi-owned Hezbollah. This is the group that fought alongside the Iraqi Armed Forces against the forces of the Islamic State (IS).
An Iraqi official told the Associated Press that Tuesday’s blast also occurred in a warehouse belonging to a Shiite militia. The Iraqi Ministry of Defense said in a statement Tuesday that the blast occurred near the Blad Air Base. A number of US military trainers are stationed at this large base about 2 miles north of Baghdad.
Iraqi Minister of Defense Najah Hassan Ali Al-Shammari has visited the site after the blast and told Iraqi television that the blaze was contained by the blast, Reuters reported. According to him, injuries to the military crew are minor in the area. Eyewitnesses told the agency that the blasts fired rockets from an ammunition depot into farms inside the base, and residents fled their homes.
A deadly blast hit an ammunition depot in southwest Baghdad last week, killing one and injuring four, according to the Associated Press. The cause of the explosion is not yet clear.
Last month, an explosion occurred at the American base in Salah al-Din province, killing two Iranians and causing a massive fire, the Associated Press reported. The blast was attributed to a drone attack. Some Shiite militias called it ISIL‘s work.
Earlier, the Israeli prime minister said in a news conference in Ukraine about “suspicious attacks” on al-Shaabi militia centers in Iraq that “Iran is not safe anywhere.”
Mr. Netanyahu said that “the Iranian regime continues to threaten Israel with destruction,” and added that it had set up military bases throughout the Middle East. He said the nuclear deal with Iran increased Iran’s financial capability and encouraged Iran to “expand its offensive policy” in the region. He added, “we will take action against them whenever necessary.”
Since the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War and the presence of deployments from Iran and groups backed by the Iranian government, deployment centers, weapons, ammunition depots, and convoys have been subjected to repeated air and missile attacks. Some news sources have reported casualties to Iranian troops.
Although the Israeli government and military have never officially approved the attacks, independent sources say Israel may be involved in the attacks.
In recent months, some sources have reported the transfer of Iranian-made missiles to Iraq for deployment at Hashed al-Shaabi bases, saying that the Iranian government intended to use the missiles to target Israeli soil, especially in the event of a military conflict with the United States. Iraq is located in the neighborhood of Jordan, which borders Israel.
Iranian government sources have not confirmed Israel’s links to the attack on al-Shaba’i centers and the use of Iraqi soil to target Israeli soil.
Hashat al-Shaba’i militia groups were formed to fight the Islamic State terrorist group – ISIS – while seizing much of Iraqi soil. The majority of these groups are Iraqi Shiites, many of whom were created and operated under the auspices of Iran. According to some Western sources, with the disappearance of the ISIS threat, many of these groups remain and some have maintained links with some Iranian institution.