Paramilitary troops repulse Islamic State attack on Iraqi-Syrian borders

Members of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces). File photo.

Nineveh ( The pro-government paramilitary troops have repulsed an attack by Islamic State militants on borders between Iraq and Syria, the media service said.

In a brief statement, al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said troops of the first brigade repelled on Thursday an attack by IS members and burnt their vehicle in south of Tal Sufuk region, on Iraqi-Syrian borders.

Despite declaring the victory over IS in Mosul, the group’s former bastion in Iraq, observers say IS is believed to constitute a security threat even after the group’s defeat at its main havens across Iraqi provinces.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared, in July, victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.

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.

Since then, forces took back the group’s former capital, Mosul, the town of Tal Afar, Kirkuk’s Hawija, and each of Annah, Rawa and Qaim in Anbar.

The war against IS has so far displaced at least five million people. Thousands of others fled toward neighboring countries including Syria, Turkey and other European countries, since IS emerged to proclaim its self-styled “caliphate”.

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