On November 1, Hassan al-Sari commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) 17th brigade announced that the Iraqi Army, and the PMU liberated 70km2 south of al-Qa’im city near the Syrian-Iraqi border.
Al-Sari also revealed that government forces will resume its advance towards al-Qa’im city once the weather is clear again. During the last four days the government forces military operation to liberate al-Qa’im slowed down because of a sand storm that hit the operation area.
The PMU media wing announced that Deputy Chairman of Popular Mobilization Committee Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis held a meeting with the commanders of al-Qa’im operations on November 1.
According to the PMU media wing, al-Muhandis and the PMU’s field commanders discussed the final preparation for al-Qa’im attack. The media outlet added that al-Muhandis praised the coordination between the Iraqi Army and the PMU during the meeting.
In a related development on November 1, Iraqi warplanes destroyed the positions of ISIS in al-Karabilah and Sa’da villages around al-Qa’im city. The PMU Intelligence provided the Iraqi Air Force with locations of the ISIS positions.
The Iraqi airstrikes indicate that government forces are planing to resume the military operation around al-Qa’im city in the upcoming hours.