TEHRAN (Iran News) – Fighters from Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) of Iraq, also known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, shelled the gatherings of the ISIS terror group in the northern province of Salahuddin.
The ISIS terrorists’ gatherings in the areas of al-Hamiza and Abu Raqabah were shelled by Iraq PMU troops late on Friday, the popular group said in a statement on Saturday, according to Iraq’s Baghdad al-Youm website.
The attacks claimed the lives of scores of the terrorists, it added.
On Tuesday, the PMU forces used mortar shells and artillery rounds to destroy an ISIS hideout near the Alas oilfields, located northeast of Tikrit, the provincial capital of Salahuddin province.
ISIS has intensified its attacks in Iraq amid Baghdad’s call on the US to pull out its forces from the Arab country.
In a vote on January 5, the Iraqi parliament called for an end to the presence of all foreign troops, including Americans.
The vote came two days after the US military – acting on US President Donald Trump’s order – launched a fatal drone strike on senior Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani upon his arrival in the Iraqi capital at the invitation of the Baghdad government.
The attack also claimed the lives of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of the PMU, and eight other Iranian and Iraqi people.
Washington has threatened sanctions should US troops be expelled instead of heeding the Iraqi parliament’s call to end the occupation of the country.
- source : Tasnim, Irannews