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Iraq probes find Israel behind ‘some’ base attacks

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Iraq’s government is preparing a complaint to the UN after claiming Israel is “certainly” behind several attacks on IMIS bases, a parliamentarian and leading member of the paramilitary group says.
IMIS, blamed both Israel and the US for a string of blasts and drone sightings at its bases in recent weeks, but Baghdad has thus far refrained from making accusations.
Ahmad al-Assadi, an IMIS official and spokesman for its parliamentary bloc “Fatah,” told journalists on Thursday in his office in central Baghdad that the government probes would name Israel.
“Some of the government investigations have reached a conclusion that the perpetrator behind some of the attacks is absolutely, certainly Israel,” he said, declining to provide details on the evidence.
“The government is preparing sufficient evidence and documents to complain to the (UN) Security Council. It won’t submit a complaint against an unknown entity.”
US and Israel fear some units are an extension of their arch-foe Iran and have been equipped with precision-guided missiles that could reach Israel.
Since mid-July, five IMIS arms depots and training camps have been targeted in apparent attacks.
The group said it had also fired at surveillance drones over two other bases.
IMIS top officials have said the US is broadly “responsible” but specifically blamed Israeli drones for the latest strike on Sunday, which killed an IMIS fighter near Iraq’s western border with Syria.
The Pentagon has denied responsibility and said it is cooperating with Iraq’s investigations, but Israel has neither confirmed nor denied its role.
Al-Assadi told reporters the US involvement remained unclear, dulling the group’s earlier accusations.
“Israeli planes supported by the US? We can’t make that accusation. Did America give a green light? We can’t make that accusation,” he said.
But, he added, that IMIS had been expecting an attack amid rising US-Iranian tensions since Washington withdrew from the landmark nuclear deal with Tehran last year.
The US has since imposed tough sanctions on Iran’s top officials, its energy and financial sectors, as well as a host of Iraqi, Lebanese and Palestinian firms and people allegedly tied to Tehran.
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