Iraqi militias bombarded by unmanned planes, one killed: security sources, World News

An unmanned aircraft dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-linked Shia paramilitary groups in northern Iraq on Friday, killing at least one person, military and paramilitary sources said.

The Iraqi military said in a statement that a drone dropped a grenade on the base in the northern province of Salahuddin, injuring at least two people, but gave no further details.

Paramilitary sources in the area and a Baghdad-based paramilitary leader said one person was killed in the attack, which took place on Friday morning.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

A security source said two explosions hit the base, one targeting an ammunition dump belonging to an Iranian-backed group.

The Pentagon has denied that US forces were involved in the attack, after at least one Saudi news channel reported US strikes on the base.

The incident occurred amid heightened tension between the United States and Iran.

Iraq is seen as a potential arena for any violent regional confrontation between the two foes due to the presence of Iranian-backed Shia Muslim paramilitary groups operating near bases housing US forces.

Islamic State militants, also enemies of the Shia paramilitaries, operate in the area where the base is located and in many remote parts of northern Iraq, although the group has lost its grip on territory.

He has claimed responsibility for attacks on Iraqi forces in recent months.

Several Iraqi bases hosting US forces were hit by multiple rockets a few weeks ago in unclaimed attacks in which no one was injured.

Washington is urging the Iraqi government to rein in Iran-backed paramilitary groups it says pose a threat to US interests in Iraq.

The United States has accused Iran of attacking several oil tankers in the Gulf. Tehran denies any involvement.

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