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Hashd Al-Shaabi Discovers Explosive Detonators Near Tomb of Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis

Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi popular forces) discovered several explosive detonators near the tomb of the martyred Deputy Commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Najaf.

Hashd al-Shaabi announced in a statement on Monday night that the explosive materials were discovered in Wadi al-Salam district of Najaf city in Southern Iraq, the Arabic-language al-Soumeriyeh news channel reported.

It added that Hashd al-Shaabi and security forces are investigating the case to find out who or which group has hidden the explosives near the Abu Muhandis’ tomb, and further ensured the Iraqi people that security prevails in the region.

The PMF’s legendary deputy commander Al-Muhandis was assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3.

Former commander of the IRGC Quds Force Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani was also martyred in the attack. The two were martyred in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.

Five Iranian and five Iraqi military men were martyred by the missiles fired by the US drone at Baghdad International Airport.

On January 8, the IRGC Aerospace Force started heavy ballistic missile attacks on US Ein Al-Assad airbase in Southwestern Iraq near the border with Syria and a US operated airbase in Erbil in retaliation for the US assassination of General Soleimani.

Ein Al-Assad is an airbase with a 4km runway at 188m altitude from sea levels, which is the main and the largest US airbase in Iraq. Early reports said the radar systems and missile defense shields in Ein Al-Assad failed to operate and intercept the Iranian missiles. Unofficial reports said the US army’s central radar systems at Ein Al-Assad had been jammed by electronic warfare.

The second IRGC reprisal attack targeted a US military base near Erbil airport in Iraqi Kurdistan Region in the second leg of “Martyr Soleimani” reprisal operation.

Iraq said the attacks had not taken any toll from its army men stationed at these two bases. The US army had blocked entrance into Ein Al-Assad to everyone, including the Iraqi army.

It was the first direct attack on the US army ever since world war two.

The IRGC officials said none of the missiles had been intercepted.

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