The 45th Brigade of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) launched 50 rockets at positions of ISIS around the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the middle Euphrates River Valley in eastern Syria on February 7.
“According to the intelligence’s information, ISIS fighters were planning to infiltrate the Iraqi border,” the PMU media wing’s reporter said explaining the reason behind the rocket strike.
The PMU carried out several similar attacks on ISIS positions in eastern Syria during the last two months. These attacks are mainly aimed at preventing the terrorist group’s fighters from sneaking into Iraq territory.
According to several sources, the PMU strikes are coordinated with the Damascus government and possibly with the US-led coalition and its proxy, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is leading the attack on ISIS in the Euphrates Valley.
These cross-border strikes are effectively preventing the remaining ISIS fighters from entering Iraq. Despite this, the PMU leadership stated recently that Iraqi forces are ready to enter eastern Syria if the terrorist group launches any attack from there.
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