Unidentified planes hit Iraqi militiamen in Syria, killing eight

BEIRUT (AP) — Unidentified planes struck targets in Syria near the border with Iraq yesterday, killing eight Iran-backed Iraqi militiamen, Syrian activists and two Iraqi officials said, an attack that comes amid soaring tensions between the United States (US) and Iran. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the planes targetted positions belonging to pro-Iran militias in the Boukamal area, near the border with Iraq. The Britain-based organisation, which documents the war in Syria through a network of activists on the ground, said the planes struck, among other targets, weapons depots and vehicles belonging to the militias. More details in Weekend’s Borneo Bulletin