The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are coordinating with the Iraqi and Syrian governments in order to eliminate the remaining ISIS fighters in Syria, Kassem Musleh, Commander of the PMU’s operations in the western part of the province of al-Anbar, told the al-Mayadeen TV on January 15.
“The PMU is ready to enter Syrian territory to eliminate the organization [ISIS],” Musleh stressed.
The Iraqi commander also revealed that the U.S. is reinforcing its troops in Syria, which contradicts with President Donald Trump’s recent decision to withdraw American forces from the war torn country.
A day after Musleh’s interview with al-Mayadeen, deputy chairman of the PMU’s committee said that Iraqi forces will not fight outside Iraq without a direct order from the Commander in Chief of the Iraqi military.
“The PMU will not fight outside the homeland’s border unless there is an order from the Commander in Chief,” Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis said during an interview with the Iraqi Nas news website.
The PMU reinforced its positions along the Syrian-Iraqi border over last few months in order to prevent the remaining ISIS fighters in the middle Euphrates River Valley from sneaking into Iraq. However, this step didn’t end ISIS’ presence on the border, especially that US-backed forces are yet to capture the remaining strongholds of the terrorist group in Syria.