On November 4, Hashem al-Moussawi, a commander in the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), said that Iraqi forces are ready to launch a military operation against the remaining ISIS fighters inside Syria if the Iraqi and Syrian governments agree on this.
“The PMU carried out many rocket attacks inside Syria territory … it targeted key positions of ISIS and killed a number of its commanders,” the Hezbollah media wing in Syria quoted al-Moussawi as saying.
The Iraqi commanders also revealed that Iraqi security forces have prepared several emergency plans to foil any attempt by ISIS units to infiltrate Iraq’s border.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) halted its ground operation against ISIS in the middle Euphrates River Valley earlier this week after a series of setbacks. This allowed the terrorist group to recapture many positions, including a key village on the border with Iraq.
The U.S. will not likely allow Iraqi forces to launch such an attack inside Syria, especially that it views the PMU as an Iranian proxy force. Some Syrian activists even argue that the U.S. wants ISIS to maintain a foothold in Syria in order to use it as an excuse to keep its troops in the war torn country.