Anbar (IraqiNews) Anabr Operations Command of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Paramilitary forces) announced, on Thursday, killing an IS militant, and wounding 2 others in the province. It also revealed that its forces foiled an attempt to attack area, west of Anbar.
Commander of Anbar Operations, Qassim Musleh, said in a press statement that al-Hashd al-Shaabi’s 13th and 18th brigades carried out a large-scale security operations in the western desert of Anbar.
He also added that the operation resulted in the killing of one of the Islamic State militants, as well as wounding two others.
Furthermore, Musleh revealed that four warehouses and three vehicles belonging to the Islamic State, in addition to seizing another booby-trapped vehicle in Jagaifa Villages.
“The operation has helped to end the planned attacks on a number of western areas of Anbar, such as Qaim and Akashat Districts,” Musleh said.
Musleh pointed out that the security forces will continue the operation to eliminate the presence of the Islamic State group in the area.
Al-Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), is a paramilitary forces composed of some 40 militias that are mostly Shia Muslim groups, but also including Sunni Muslim, Christian, and Yazidi individuals as well.
It has been called the new Iraqi Republican Guard after it was fully reorganized in early 2018 by its then-Commander in Chief Haider al-Abadi. Abadi then issued “regulations to adapt the situation of the Popular Mobilization fighters,” giving them ranks and salaries equivalent to other branches of the Iraqi military.