Massive blast rocks Iraq’s military base near Baghdad

A massive blast struck a military base used by Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) south of Baghdad early on Saturday, as reported by army sources to Reuters.

Two security sources reported that an unidentified airstrike occurred around midnight Friday, resulting in a blast. The strike, according to PMF sources, targeted a PMF headquarters at the Kalso military base near Iskandariya, approximately 50 km south of Baghdad.

Although the strikes caused material damage, there were no reported casualties. Government officials did not respond immediately to a Reuters request for comment. The PMF, initially a coalition of armed factions with ties to Iran, was later formalized as a recognized security force by Iraqi authorities.

While factions within the PMF were involved in rocket and drone attacks on US forces in Iraq during Israel’s Gaza campaign, such activities ceased in February.

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