The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) announced on January 18 that its artillery force has stricken several positions of ISIS around the town of al-Susah in the middle Euphrates River Valley in eastern Syria.
“According to initial information, more than 15 fighters of ISIS organization were killed in the shelling,” the PMU media center said in a short press release.
The town of al-Susah was liberated by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) a day earlier. However, the terrorist group still has several positions around the town, especially south and west of it.
A senior commander of the PMU said earlier this week that the Iraqi force is coordinating with the Iraqi and Syrian governments in order to eliminate the remaining ISIS fighters in Euphrates Valley. The commander went on to say that the PMU is ready to enter Syria to achieve this task.
During the last few months, the PMU and the Iraqi military took several steps in order to ensure that ISIS fighters fleeing from their last strongholds in eastern Syria will not manage to sneak into Iraq. So far, these steps have appeared to be effective enough.