‘Reasons to believe’ Israel behind strike in east Syria: US official

Washington (AFP) – The United States has cause to believe that Israel carried out a weekend strike against an Iraqi paramilitary force in eastern Syria, a US official said Monday.

“We have reasons to believe that it was an Israeli strike,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity following the Sunday night raid on Al-Hari, a town controlled by regional militias fighting alongside the Syrian regime.

The US-led coalition has denied it was involved in the attack, which the Hashed al-Shaabi military alliance, a powerful Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitary group, says killed more than 20 of its fighters.