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.