Iraqi mobilization forces kill two Islamic State militants in Salahuddin province

A Shi’ite volunteer wearing a mask, who has joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), looks on during a parade on a street in Kanaan, Diyala province, June 26, 2014.

Salahuddin ( – Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces killed on Monday two Islamic State militants while trying to infiltrate into Salahuddin province, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Almaalomah news website, the source said that the 313th brigade of the PMF spotted two IS militants trying to sneak into Salahuddin from Anbar province.

The troops immediately opened fire at the infiltrators and killed them, the source said, adding that the paramilitary PMF will continue to secure Salahuddin against IS infiltration attempts.

Popular Mobilization Forces, an alliance of volunteer Shia paramilitary forces, have actively backed the Iraqi government’s military campaign against IS since 2014, when they were formed upon a top Shia clergy edict to counter the Sunni Jihadist group.

PMF won official recognition as a national force late 2016, becoming under the command of the prime minister, who is also the supreme commander of the armed forces.

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