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PMUs kill 30 IS militants, confront attack, western Mosul

 

Forces from al-Hashd al-Shaabi.


Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Parliamentary troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Public Mobilization Units) troops have killed thirty Islamic State members and exploded three vehicles after confronting an attack launched by fighters, west of Mosul.

“The eighth brigade confronted on Thursday an attack by IS militants in al-Hadar area, west of Mosul, using six motorbikes” the media service said.

The service added that the troops encountered the attack, killing 30 IS members and destroying three booby-trapped motorbikes with weapons on them

Meanwhile, the troops also exploded a booby-trapped vehicle that targeted the supply roads in the southwest of Mosul.

“The 33rd brigade exploded a booby trapped vehicle before its arrival as it was targeting the supply roads southwestern Mosul,” the media service said.

The troops confronted several attacks by IS earlier on Thursday.

The PMUs, which consist of 66 militia groups, are considered one of the largest militias in Iraq. It was established in 2014 by a fatwa (religious edict) to fight the Islamic State.

In late 2016, the Iraqi parliament recognized the militia as a national armed force.

Iraqi troops took over east of Mosul in January and launched a new offensive to take the western region in February.

 


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