On December 15, ISIS fighters attacked several positions of the Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) around the Tall Safuk crossing on the Syrian-Iraqi border, according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq. The source claimed that ISIS fighters captured three positions of the PMU and burned three others during the attack.
Moreover, Amaq claimed that seven PMU fighters were killed and three armored vehicles of the PMU were destroyed during the clashes in the area.
From its side, the PMU announced that its fighters fully repelled the ISIS attack. Furthermore, the PMU media wing revealed that seven armored vehicles and an armed drone of ISIS attacked the Tall Safuk crossing. The PMU fighters destroyed an armored vehicle and killed five fighters of ISIS while repelling the attack.
Hours later, the PMU announced that its artillery forces shelled several positions of ISIS inside the Syrian territory near the Tall Safuk crossing in response to the ISIS attack.
Since its defeat in Iraq on December 9, ISIS conducted several failed attacks against the Iraqi Army and the PMU positions on the Syrian-Iraqi border in a desperate attempt to re-enter Iraq.