Popular Mobilization destroy Islamic State convoy near Iraq-Syria borders
Iraqi pro-government paramilitary forces destroyed an Islamic State convoy near the borders with Syria, the forces’ media service said Thursday.
Popular Mobilization Forces said through its media that troops destroyed a convoy of vehicles driven by Islamic State militants in al-Dahhaj village.
Mobilization leaders said in June their forces took control over the borderline with Syria, effectively trapping IS members inside Iraq, most notably at the town of Tal Afar, a major stronghold for the group which still awaits liberation. Clashing reports have been recurrent as for some mobilization groups passing beyond the Syrian borders to back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military against IS.
On Wednesday, mobilization troops, backed by army fighter jets, managed to repulse a violent attack by the IS on Hatra, southwest of Mosul, killing 17 militants” a security source told Shafaq News.“The militants used bicycle bombs driven by suicide bombers,” the source added.
Anadoly news agency quoted Col. Ahmed al-Jabouri, of Nineveh Operations Command, saying that 13 militants were killed in an attack against Jurn village, south of Mosul.
Iraqi government forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, regained control of Mosul last Monday, ending an eight-month campaign to bring down the heartland of the group’s self-styled “caliphate”.