On November 4, Syrian pro-government sources claimed that the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) captured al-Hiri village east of al-Bukamal city inside Syria territory.
However, Ahmad al-Assadi spokesperson for the PMU denied that the PMU is fighting in al-Bukamal city inside Syria now according to the PMU media wing.
“The PMU is an Iraqi armed forces that don’t fight in any position out of the Iraqi border … The PMU has no fighters in Syria, nor in al-Bukamal or anywhere else” Al-Assadi told the PMU media wing.
Syrian local sources also denied that the PMU entered al-Hiri village. However, the sources said that al-Hiri village was shelled with mortars by the PMU several times in the last few days. The sources added that Iraqi attack helicopters destroyed several 23mm guns of ISIS in Suwayyah village west of al-Hiri village on November 4.
The Iraqi Army and the PMU are likely planning to open a corridor for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah through the Iraqi territory to attack ISIS last stronghold in Syria, al-Bukamal city. It’s already confirmed that the SAA deployed some of its units with the PMU in al-Qa’im city inside the Iraqi territory.