Refuting Pentagon's assertion

Iraqi security media denies claim of cooperation in PMF strike

BAGHDAD, 5 January — The Iraqi Security Media Cell has firmly denied statements made by a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Defense regarding alleged cooperation with Iraqi forces in the recent attack targeting a headquarters of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) on Palestine Street in central Baghdad.

In a statement, the Cell responded to the U.S. Pentagon’s claim of collaboration, emphasizing the seriousness of such assertions and their potential to cause confusion.

The statement reads:

The spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Defense made a statement yesterday referring to cooperation with the Iraqi side in the attack that targeted a headquarters of the Popular Mobilization Forces. While we confirm the danger of such statements and what they represent in attempts to muddle the situation, we strongly deny the existence of such cooperation. On the contrary, yesterday’s attack was carried out directly without the knowledge of any Iraqi military or security entity, as is the case with the recent attacks targeting security sites.

Moreover, the Coalition Forces liaison member in Iraq informed the Deputy Commander of Joint Operations, after inquiring from him, that he was not informed in advance of carrying out this attack, which falls within a series of oversteps committed by the international coalition forces in the past period and documented by the Joint Operations Command, especially the movement of drone and combat aviation in the skies of Iraq.

We emphasize that yesterday’s attack harms the overall relationship between the Iraqi forces and the international coalition and constitutes a clear overstep of the legal mandate for which this coalition was established.

We affirm that the Iraqi Armed Forces, in all its branches, have been and continue to operate as one team under the leadership and directives of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, and are always fully prepared to defend the state and its constitutional institutions and address all legal oversteps and breaches.