Artillery attack kills and injures 35 ISIS fighters in Syria
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraqi militias announced on Friday that they had launched an artillery attack in Syria against ISIS, killing and wounding 35 of the group’s militants.
The bombing targeted the town of Sousa, the very last pocket held by the jihadist group near the Iraqi border, according to a statement released by Hashd al-Chaabi militias. Also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (FMP), they are made up of several militias, the majority of which are Shia Muslims and receive direct support from Iran.
This is not the first time that forces have carried out operations against ISIS across the Syrian border.
Qassem Muslih, the commander of the PMF in the Iraqi province of Anbar, said that the preemptive operation had made it possible to “carry out precise strikes targeting a group of Daesh (Islamic State), which intended to attack our units. Â», Adding that the bombardment had resulted in 35 victims.
“Terrorist leaders are among those killed (Abu Wadhah and Abu Hamza) and the group’s commander (Abu Fattoum),” Muslih said in the PMF statement.
This is the latest move by militias in border areas, where military experts say Islamic State is regrouping after US President Donald Trump announced that he would withdraw US forces from Syria-torn Syria. war. The move has been criticized by many in the United States and around the world.
Iraqi officials have differing views on the pullout. Some believe that the presence of US forces is crucial as the jihadist group still poses serious threats to the security of the country, while others claim that it is time for the United States to withdraw completely.
Among those who support a US withdrawal from the region is Muslih, who said that “the security situation is fully under control” and that “Hashd al-Chaabi’s forces are monitoring enemy movements on the Syrian border”.
Iraq announced its victory against the Islamic State in December 2017, but the jihadist group continues to carry out insurgent attacks, ambushes and kidnappings in several provinces, including Anbar, Diyala, Nineveh, Salahuddin, Baghdad and Kirkuk .
Edited by John J. Catherine