US-backed SDF Is Concerned Over Iraqi PMU Operation Against ISIS At Border With Syria

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US-backed SDF Is Concerned Over Iraqi PMU Operation Against ISIS At Border With Syria

An Asayish member in northern Syria in 2016. Photo courtesy of Asayish

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are concerned over the recent gains of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) at the Syrian-Iraqi border.

On Monday, the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units reached the border with Syria in the western part of the province of Nineveh. Thus, PMU units deployed near the area controlled by the SDF in northeastern Syria.

On Tuesday, the pro-SDF media outlet “ARA News” reported that US-backed forces are concerned over this and have held an urget meeting to discuss the issue.

The Kurdish Security Police of the Rojava Asayish held a meeting on Monday in Qamishli city, in northeastern Syria, to discuss the ‘Iranian project’, after the Iraqi Shia paramilitary Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) linked up with areas held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The Asayish said in a statement that a broad security meeting was held in Qamishli in the presence of the general commander of the Asayish forces, Ciwan Ibrahim, to discuss the formation of a defence system in Rojava-Northern Syria ‘to confront the Iranian project’ that is supported by the Baath regime forces and affiliated Shia groups. [SF comment: the Syrian military and its allies]

Moreover, the Asayish said a spy media network was uncovered in Rojava,” ARA News’ article reads.

Thus, according to the SDF (Kurdish militias are a core of the group), the PMU poses a threat to security of the SDF and it’s bad that it had expelled ISIS from the part of the Syrian-Iraqi border.

The Asayish statement also ignored that the PMU is an official part of the Iraqi Armed Forces.

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  • Behold a Pale Horse

    The mask drops.

  • Thegr8rambino

    TOUGH SHIT!!! SYRIA IS NOT UR LAND!!!

  • Behold a Pale Horse

    I wonder how far the US hand was up that backside of the spokesman who said this?

    • John Mason

      All the way….

      • mark123456

        damn, smell his fingers huh? XD

        friggin SDF complaining about PMU doing their work lolz

  • gustavo

    Israel (via USA) is very worry about the union Irak-Syria against its puppet terrorists. USA and its terrorists (moderated opposition) will do whatever would be needed to avoid this union.

  • Joe Doe

    SDF shows unfriendly behaviour to SAA

  • John Mason

    Knew it, the Kurds are out to divide Syria. What happens in Iraq is of no concern to Syrian Kurds unless they have ambitions of annexing the north western district of Iraq and handing control over to the US with Raqqa. The Kurds are also hindering the Syrian army from approaching Raqqa. Assad needs to make it clear that Syria belongs to all of Syrians and if the Kurds will not surrender the Raqqa district to the Syrian Government then not only will the Syrian military take it by force but so will Turkey.

    • zman

      The US has probably fed them a great big lie. Something ‘like we will guarantee you a country of your own’. I guess they didn’t learn anything from when the US supplied Sadam with weapons to slaughter them. They will get what they deserve.

  • dutchnational

    Legitimate concern as far as the PMU advancing into Syria is concerned.

    The PMU has not really a good reputation as far as human rights are concerned and as there are statements of the PMU that they might advance into Syria, they are wisely taking precautions.

    As far as the PMU liberating Iraqi territory by destroying IS, that is more than ok as long as they abstain from targeting non shias (arabs, kurds, yezidis etc)

    • Concrete Mike

      I take any reports about sectarian violence with à grain of Salt, always think, Who benefits from spreading such “information”.

      The way I see it, its à smokescreen to divide public opinion to Hide some crimes.

      Saudi Arabia dont have à Good record on human rights but nobody is shitting on Them.

      Have a nice day!

      • dutchnational

        To be honest, there is really no country in the MENA area that has a good human rights record. Neither Iraq, Iran, KSA, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Jemen, Jordan dubious and about Israel there are also things that can be (and are) said.

        As far as the KSA is concerned, it is a disgrace and the day the royal clique is swept away, almost anything, except for civil war, is better.

        Most likely, it should be divided up. Restore the ancient country of Hedzjaz (taken by KSA mid 1920ies), give the shia area independence, and the remainder, well nobody knows what to do with that area.

    • Miguel Redondo

      Speaking about human rights…..

      Who where the henchmen of the Ottomans in 1915-1923 during the Armenian genocide ……
      Yes , precisely the grandfathers of PKK , YPG etc.
      So please don´t start with “human rights”

      • dutchnational

        Hi hi.

        Your great grandfathers neighbour was also a criminal. Can you therefore kill his great great grandchild?

        Fool.

        • Miguel Redondo

          The question is that “human rights” are a poor argument in wars.
          The PMU will not attack the SDF or YPG if they don´t come in their way to fight and destroy ISIS and to reestablish the full sovereignity of the Syrian government and the Syrian people over the full integrity of Syria , that includes ALL syrian provinces and territories.

        • Bru

          thank you for the insult ( reveals your level of education and of civility), absurd statement and dishonest representation of the facts I mentioned.

          if you are truly Dutch, I hope for you that migrants will not do to your country what the migrant Kurdish population is doing to Syria.

          • Bill Wilson

            You’re full of shit.

      • Bru

        quite rights, the Kurds are universally “credited” to be the henchmen who systematically butchered the Christians on behalf of Ankara during the Armenian genocide. Most of kurdish territory in Turkey used to be populated by Christians before being murdered by the Kurds.

        Also another important point is that there were hardly any Kurds living in Syria, most immigrated from Turkey during the 20th century. Giving these immigrants their own federal territory in Syria would be like creating Caliphates and Emirates in the regions of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and other large Dutch cities with a huge moslim migrant population.

    • Red Tick Alert

      The PMU have stated that they will advance into Syria IF and only if requested by the Syrian government.

      • sagbotgamot

        I hope Syria will request.

        • Red Tick Alert

          yes me too. Did you hear that the Turks have set up a Syrian National Army; yes – the Turks.

      • dutchnational

        It would depend on where they are being requested to go. Straight into SDF held area?

        Then boom!

        To DeZ? Would depend on the route they want to take.

        • xcore

          the IRAQI PMU and related iraqi armies are “officially authorised” and invited into the sovereign syrian state to work and assist wherever they will and so, no problem…

          as per the memorandum of understanding between the sovereign syrian and the iraqi govt…

          from a legal POV, any unlawful invaders attacking the allied PMU are declaring war on both the sovereign syrian state and sovereign iraqi states

        • Bill Wilson

          The Sunni tribes in western Iraq may refuse the PMU to cross into their territories. Those tribes have been recruited by the US to fight ISIS since those groups are the only inhabitants inside that sparsely populated desolate region and ISIS has a very limited number of fighters stationed there.

  • Concrete Mike

    Hehe so thé oil smuggling route of Northern Iraq is closed, thats why thé big stink. Screw you SDF useless American puppets.

    They can Say what they want about PMU, its its part of thé Iraqi army, cant argue with that.

  • King_GeorgXIII

    good its time to show the US Puppets its over bow down or get gang banged:

  • MeMadMax

    $100 says that not only is the pipeline going to go along the iraqi/syria border, but the saudi/us/kurd/fsa alliance is gonna do whatever it takes including going to war with iraq/syria/iran/russia.

    There is no such thing as a “terrorist” now… Just somebody in the way of that damn pipeline…

    • grumpy_carpenter

      Would you invest your money in an oil / gas pipeline through the Syria / Iraq border region? I wouldn’t. Unless Iraq and Syria are under the control of gulf friendly governments and every other ethnic or religious group opposed to these governments are defeated and pacified it’s going to cost more to defend that pipeline than the value of the oil in it.

      • Bill Wilson

        Any new pipelines will follow existing ROWs since the infrastructure to maintain those are in place. Anything from Iran and Arabia will follow the T2 route to the coast. Saudi Arabia told Qatar long ago to run their proposed gas pipeline underwater to Iraq since the fools didn’t bother to ask the House of Saud for permission to run it across their countryside. Israel and Egypt both have a shitload of NG available for the EU market. Libya should be back on line before long. NG is cheap enough to ship as LNG to existing terminals. The EU has been switching over to renewables in a big way so needs less NG.

      • MeMadMax

        You kiddin? We are talking about the sauds here… They got enough money to BUILD ISLANDS. A pipe is fuckin chump change in their eyes, the biggest problem is making it “legal” enough to build.

        • grumpy_carpenter

          Pipelines still have to compete with tankers and sources from other countries and the price of oil determines whether or not an oil pipeline is even worth the cost. It’s very easy for a small demolition crew to walk up to a pipeline in the desert and blow it up, much easier than blowing up a tanker for instance.

          Unless the price of oil is high enough to pay a mercenary army to guard your pipeline and still generate a profit it will never be make sense to build a pipeline across insecure territory when you can use tankers to get your oil to market.

          Right now the USA’s strategy is to flood the market with shale oil to keep the price down in order to punish Russia. This makes a pipeline through hostile territory a losing investment and say what you like about the Saudis they aren’t going to throw money away on a make work project for mercenaries.

          • MeMadMax

            mmm… fully aware of that… I’m not exactly new to this… In fact, I was there at one time. ^.^

          • zman

            Flood the supply with shale oil? Where did you get this? The Sauds are the ones flooding the market, not the US. Fracking is very expensive and a great deal of those companies have gone belly up with the majority of them being bought by the Saudis for debts owed. As far as pipelines being vulnerable, how many torpedoes/missiles would it take to sink a tanker? Get real, why do you think they are trying to take control of the Syrian/Iraqi border? Pipe lines are immensely cheaper than tankers and providing security for that area, which is relatively small would be fairly economical…certainly cheaper than what they are spending supporting ISIS/AlQaeda/etc. Germany just got approval to use the NordstreamII pipeline from Russia, which the US/NATO has been lobbying against.

      • zman

        Just as this so-called civil war is no such thing, there is no wide spread real ethnic or religious opposition to this government (other than KSA Wahabbists)…Syria and Iraq are just in the way of controlling energy supplies to Europe. The destabilization of Russia is the ultimate goal.

    • BL

      Stop spreading the pipeline disinfo garbage nonsense. This is a Zionist created disinformation in order to hide the fact that everything that is currently happening in the Middle East has been part of the decades old Oden Yinon Greater Israel Project that calls for the destruction and disintegration of all Middle Eastern states.

      You don’t need to go through all this problems for a freaking pipeline, you could just build it through the sea and avoid Syria altogether. For all the billions of dollars that have been spent fighting in Syria they could have already built a pipeline through the sea. You really have to be retarded to believe this is all over a pipeline.

      • MeMadMax

        Oh piss off you piece of shit…

        • BL

          Great response shill, clearly you have nothing to say in return.

          • MeMadMax

            Anyone that inst-blames goos for any kind of bullshit needs to go drink fuckin bleach…

          • BL

            obvious kike shill is obvious

          • MeMadMax

            noob

          • BL

            Either kike shill or retard, for your sake I picked the former but if you insist on the latter I won’t argue.

            A pipleline bypassing Syria going through the sea would only cost a few billion dollars while the terrorist American alliance has so far wasted tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars attempting to destroy Syria. If you can’t do the math in your low IQ head then there’s nothing more we need to discuss.

          • MeMadMax

            I already said that 5 years ago…

  • Assad Did Nothing Wrong™

    SDF should mind its own business. But that’s asking too much since they are a proxy of the USA.

    • Aquartertoseven

      And Syria, Iraq and Hezbollah aren’t proxies of Iran? There’s too much emphasis on the SDF being proxies, every group in this war are.

      • Assad Did Nothing Wrong™

        The difference is when the USA is acting like it’s still the world’s moral authority but is no better than the other sides.

        • zman

          No better? Hell they’re way worse than anyone else… well, with the exception of the Israelis.

          • Tom Tom

            Ok, true.

      • xcore

        “Aquartertoseven:And Syria, Iraq and Hezbollah aren’t proxies of Iran?”
        put simply No.

        as the IRAQI PMU and related iraqi armies ,Hezbollah, and iran are “officially authorised” and invited into the sovereign syrian state to work and assist wherever they will and so, no problem… and no need for sleight of hand proxies here…

        anyone can be invited into the sovereign syrian state, can agree the core values of the old laws of war and cooperate with the blessing of international treaties if so invited.

      • Stephen

        No. Syria, Iraq, Hezbollah, Iran, Palestine and Russia are regional partners together fighting against US, UK and Ezraheli Proxies and spies.

      • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

        You do know that 15/19 hijackers who murdered 3000 on 9/11 were Saudi? So, did you enjoy Trump ass-licking the Saudi head-choppers for a few billions in arms sales?
        You do know that if the US forces and the US proxies do not leave Syria, then they will be booted out by the loyal nationalist forces lead by President of Syria, Assad?
        Iran and Hezbollah are helping Syria deal with the US/EU/NATO/GCC backed head-choppers.
        I really hope these Frankenstein jihadist head-choppers don’t give you and your city a visit one day, as they have already left their murderous calling card in New York, London, Moscow, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Mumbai, Nairobi and countless other places.
        Chop! Chop!! Chop!!!

        • Aquartertoseven

          Not especially, no, but if Trump ditches the Gulf states then they’ll stop using the dollar, and that will wreck not only the US economy, but many others. Trump is seeing to it that America becomes energy independent, even exporters of oil (look up fracking), bucking Obama’s trend of making America dependent on the likes of the Saudis. But Trump immediately stopped supporting the jihadists in Syria upon his ascension, so that’s pretty good. Sure, there are still factions in southern Syria but they were more focused on combating ISIS, taking Al Bukamal etc., so Trump’s record on Syria isn’t too bad (minus the false flag airstrike).

          Giving the Saudis weapon contracts is a big mistake but like I said, he’s at their mercy; they could just turn to Russia or China and America would be screwed economically. Fracking is getting extremely efficient; the breakeven price for oil was $70 before the crash, it’s expected to be $25 in 2018, so the Saudis will have far, far less money for terrorism and with the ever falling oil price, they’ll be unable to maintain their welfare system of a country as well. It’s an economic war being waged between Trump and the Saudis, give it a few years and you’ll see the result be to your liking.

          Also, as much as I want Assad to win, he’s hardly an angel, hardly a real democratic leader, and he supports the maniacal Hezbollah by supplying weapons, rockets, which they use on civilians, so they’re not innocent here.

          • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

            Thanks for presenting a reasoned and honest argument. I too would hate for the US economy to crash as a result of the dollar being ditched. It could make the last crash look like a tea party.
            But the exceptionalist and western supremacist attitude of the US leaders, media and elite leave the free world no choice. Russia, China, India, Iran and other countries, who wish to be free from US/EU/NATO diktats will have to ditch the dollar, as it is they who end up funding the very US military which pesters them.
            The US would be wise to negotiate and transition itself to its rightful place in the new multipolar geopolitical world order. The world needs wise US leadership and positive contribution from its sheer inventiveness in this multipolar order. No part of the world can be “indispensible” or be dispensed with if mankind is to survive and prosper.
            Sadly, the exceptionally violent US is bent on world domination and the next war to remove this western “master race” from the throne could well be our very last.
            Thanks again for your comments.

          • zman

            I hate to tell you and aquartertoseven this, but a complete economic collapse is about the only real hope the world has to be rid of the terrorist monster in their midst. And as for Assad, he is a much more responsible leader than anyone in the US. There were no slaughters of Christians in Syria. The government never ran disinfo ops against their communities and went so far as to protect them as well as they could. In the US every politician does their best to vilify Muslims as being international terrorists all…when the real culprits are the very ones making accusations. Aquartertosevens accusations against Hezbollah reads like a Nuttyyahoo speech. He even claims an economic war between the US and KSA…delusional. They’re bed partners…as is Israel, who is apparently in his mind a non participant. His forecasts of cheap fracking is a fairy tale story. Anyone that believes that Trump is going to do anything in Syria besides try to destroy the country for the arab pipeline is reading from the same book. His statement that Trump has stopped aiding jihadis is his opinion and not based on reality. What does he consider Al Qaeda to be? His whole understanding of the situation there and around the world does not correspond to actual events and policies of the west. If he had any inkling of what was really going on, he would know that the real long term target is and always has been Russia and it’s vast natural resources.

          • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

            It is obvious that Israel would like a hundred year war in Syria and they enjoy the divide and rule strategy for the whole Arab world. However, there have been many willing Israeli agents in this destruction of Syria, mainly in the ruling Wahabist elites of Turkey, KSA, and GCC and the Wahabist sympathisers in US/EU.
            That is why a rejuvenated Syria, proclaiming the power of Pan-Arab nationalism once again must take the lead in resolving the Israeli question.
            It must be the Lazurus of Syria, having seen the light of humanity and civilisation on the “road to Damascus”, that settles the Israeli question with peace and accommodation, making Israel a part of the wider Arab world from which it originates.
            This is something which Europe and its violent child the US has not managed to do, despite their proclaimed superiority of power, massive resources and “civilised values”.

          • Ronald

            Well spoken .

          • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

            Of course the US/EU/NATO gang want to control or destroy Russia. It is the lead country that stands in the way of the domination of the world by the evidently “superior and civilised” western master race.

          • Aquartertoseven

            Of course there’s an economic war between the US and KSA, why do you think that fracking is going into overdrive? Along with the Saudis flooding the market with oil in order to put these fledgling fracking companies out of business? Obama played right into the Saudis’ hands, Trump isn’t, he knows that America has a plenty of oil and that they don’t need the Saudis for it anymore.

            He stopped funding and arming all except for the ones in Al-Tanf, which were going after ISIS. Idlib’s lot don’t get any supplies from the US anymore, since Trump got into power.

            The long term target is renewables, which are getting vastly more efficient. The export of them will bolster the US manufacturers and crush now outdated oil producing nations.

        • Brad Isherwood

          The Saudis in the USA worked with US handlers on various programs .
          Webster Tarpley proves this via the numerous drills run on 911,…and that the
          Saudis were operatives on drills they had done numerous times before.
          CCTV captures them as they go about the days drills and also the events the night and days before. …such as go buy box cutters,…go to ATM.
          No planes crashed into anything on 911….there was no aircraft hijacked.
          CGI given to controlled media.
          Building 7 was supposed to fall when WTC 1 & 2 collapsed….hidden in the falling debris
          Cloud.
          Something went wrong. …they had to drop it (controlled demolition ) in full view later in the day.
          911 was an illusion spectacle……just as the Apollo Moon landings were faked/visual
          Spectacle.

        • Tom Tom

          more like bomb, bomb, bomb. try not to be too in to it, VeeNarian.

      • zman

        The SAA is an Iranian proxy? Right. Irans only ‘proxy’ is Hezbollah, if you want to stretch the definition. You should read more REAL news. The biggest difference is that Iran, Hezbollah and Iraq are fighting for their life. SDF is a pack of whores that will work with whoever pays the most. They are working with the US, who supplied Sadam with the weapons he slaughtered them with and in the last couple years they were helping steal Iraqi and Syrian oil. So, yeah, the shoe fits.

      • Tom Tom

        proxies of a democratically elected President of Syria.

  • xcore

    lets see…
    IRAQI PMU OPERATION AGAINST ISIS AT the BORDER WITH SYRIA is part of the memorandum of understanding between the sovereign syrian and the iraqi govt…

    the IRAQI PMU and related iraqi armies are “officially authorised” and invited into the sovereign syrian state to work and assist wherever they will and so, no problem…

    however the US and their US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) etc are according to international law, treaties and and related agreements are invading the sovereign syrian lands when in or around the given recognised border

    • Ronald

      SDF the Kurds (with US) are not the reason the PMU’s crossed from Iraq , the US backed FSA in the south along the Iraqi border is their target. The US is backing Al Qaeda related groups as well , but the Kurdish are Syrians , the others are Wahhabi jihadists .

  • Hrky75

    It has been a time honored tradition in the ME to use the Kurds to destabilize neighboring countries. You use your neighbors Kurds and your neighbors, of course, use your Kurds – it’s almost an elaborate Levantine ritual by now. Kurds always seem to be ready to oblige – and never seem to learn. Because sooner or later, the neighboring governments kiss and make up and then start bashing each their own Kurds. If Syrian Kurds think that it’s gonna be different this time around it’s time to remind them of Einstein’s definition of stupidity – Repeating the same mistake and expecting different results…

    • Oli Tobias E

      I will copy and past your post I like it….

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    Kurd’s are terrorist bent on conquest. They should go join their master Stalin.
    PMU is the reason Iraq is not in ruins today. But Kurd’s plan on burning Tehran to the ground and Syria and Iraq. They will stop at nothing. No atrocity is to great for the Kurd’s to commit against non-Kurd’s.

    • BL

      They’re gypsy scum

  • Tom Tom

    One nuke war, coming up!

    • Ronald

      Tom Tom , we don’t need no nuke war , don’t bring it on .

    • PZIVJ

      This is your hope, not mine.
      So what did Ezekiel tell you ?

  • Ronald

    The PMU’s are in Syria to help secure to southern border , against ISIS and the FSA , not to get into any confrontation with the SDF or the Kurdish . It would be the Americans who are suggesting this , not Assad or Russia ,or Soleimani of the Quds Force .

  • Turabe

    Kurds who oppose Syrian legitimate government should all be arrested for treason as per their Constitution. USA will not support em when SAA gets on the offensive, USA has proven itself multiple times as the best country on this planet to run with tail between it’s legs when it is confronted directly. They want others to bleed and just enjoy the continous Opera of destruction.

  • 888mladen .

    Now SDF is openly showing their hostility towards Syrian government. It has been a common knowledge to those who do not watch CNN, MSM and alike that Kurds are part of the Zionist project. They are their underdogs. Opportunistic predators to put it in simple terms. They are a big problem which is going to be a lot more complicated than ISIS because there will be no consensus between RU Turkey and NATO how to solve it.

  • Wahid Algiers

    It looks that “SDF” looks for troubles with SAA (Tigers) and Iraqi army (PMU). No good idea.