In the late hours of February 1, the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) struck several gatherings of ISIS in the middle Euphrates River Valley in eastern Syria in order to prevent them from infiltrating Iraq’s border.
“There were gatherings of ISIS terrorists on the Syrian side, we targeted them with rocket launchers and achieved accurate hits foiling their infiltration attempt,” Kassem Musleh, Commander of the PMU’s operations in the western part of the province of al-Anbar, told the force’s media wing.
The Iraqi commander also criticized the ongoing attack by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against the remaining ISIS fighters in the Euphrates Valley and said that the battle “has not been resolved, despite that many days have passed.”
The PMU began striking ISIS positions in eastern Syria last year in order to prevent the remaining terrorists from fleeing towards Iraq territory. Dozens of the terrorist group’s fighters and commanders were reportedly killed in these strikes.
Last month, Musleh said that the PMU 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. This appears to be unnecessary now as ISIS is on the brink of defeat.