Paramilitary troops kill Islamic State members inside Syria

Popular Mobilization Forces

Baghdad ( The pro-government paramilitary troops have targeted Islamic State militants in Syria, the media service reported on Friday.

In a statement, al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said troops of the 29th brigade “targeted Islamic State members in al-Atshana village, located in Syria near tal Sufuk.”

The statement confirmed injuries among the militants as well as losses in lives and equipments.

Last week, the Iraqi security troops reportedly made military reinforcements along the borders with Syria. PMFs carried out missile strikes against Islamic State members who attempted infiltration and approaching the Iraqi-Syrian borders.”

The Iraqi-Syrian borders are under the control of joint troops of military and border guards.
Iraqi warplanes launched, last month, a new wave of air raids against outposts of the Islamic State group in Syria.

In April, Abadi denied intentions to intervene within Syrian affairs, saying airstrikes against Islamic State will continue.

Iraq had previously announced launching airstrikes against IS locations in Syria. This came after Abadi said security troops will follow IS militants in the whole region, not only in Iraq.

Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

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