Members of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have reportedly stopped a US military patrol in the city of Mosul, according to reports appearing online.
According to PMU deputy commander Rezvan al-Anzi, the PMU sees US actions as “provocations”. So, its troops were forced to react.
“We consider this act by the US forces deliberate provocations, hence we acted directly, closed roads and warned them,” al-Anzi said in a statement, according to Iraqi al-Sumaria television network.
The PMU official further claimed that US troops were scared and requested an air cover. However, this cannot be seen on the video.
He also accused US forces of conducting futile operations in order to cover up their defeats and create insecurity in areas liberated from terrorists.
This was not the first incident between the PMU and US troops in Iraq.
In December, PMU commander in western Anbar Qassim Mosleh told al-Sumaria that PMU forces had blocked a US patrol in the province. Mosleh claimed that PMU fighters had forced US troops trying to appraoch PMU positions to return to their base.
The PMU describes US attempts to carry out patrols close to its positions as a security threat because US actions are allegedly aimed at collecting data about PMU positions, equipment and warehouses.