On November 17, the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) announced that its units in the western province of al-Anbar have struck ISIS fighters in the Syrian town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the middle Euphrates River Valley.
“After receiving accurate intelligence, the PMU’s rocket forces targeted a gathering of ISIS in the area of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani on the Syrian side,” the PMU media center quoted Kassem Musleh, commander of the PMU’s operations in western Anbar as saying.
According to Musleh, the PMU has reinforced its positions along the Syrian-Iraqi border recently in order to prevent ISIS fighters from sneaking into Iraq territory.
ISIS reimposed control of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani and other Syrian towns in the Euphrates Valley in late October after a series of attacks against US-backed forces. This allowed the terrorist group to reach the Syrian-Iraqi border once again, which forced the PMU and the Iraqi military to step up their presence in the strategic area.