THU 13 - 12 - 2018
 
Date: Dec 23, 2017
Source: The Daily Star
Iraq's Shi'ite paramilitaries deploy to Syrian border: commander
Reuters
BAGHDAD: Iraq's Shi'ite paramilitary groups have deployed to the border to back up border guard forces who came under fire from within Syria over the past three days, one of their commanders said on Friday.

"After several Iraqi border guard positions came under several attacks by missiles, and backup from security forces was late, the 13th brigade of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) was deployed and targeted the origins of the launch," PMF commander for west Anbar, Qassem Mesleh, said in a statement.

"Operations command and the infantry brigade are now present on the Iraqi-Syrian border in border guard positions to repel any attack or movement by the enemy. This area is not within the PMF's remit but it is our duty to back up all security forces."

The PMF is an umbrella grouping of mostly Iran-backed and trained Shi'ite militias that formally report to Iraq's prime minister but are separate from the military and police.


 
Readers Comments (0)
Add your comment

Enter the security code below*

 Can't read this? Try Another.
 
Related News
Iraq marks anniversary of victory over Daesh
Shiite rivalry paralyzes Iraq’s government
Iraqi parliament to vote on remaining Cabinet candidates
Nechirvan and Masrour Barzani nominated for top Kurdish posts
Partial reopening of Baghdad's Green Zone delayed: official
Related Articles
A fractured Iraqi Cabinet: Abdel-Mahdi facing uphill battle
Evaluating Iran’s economic leverage in Iraq
Abadi struggles to maintain campaign narrative as May polls approach
Fifteen years since start of Iraq War: Have we learned our lesson?
Iraq’s parliamentary elections likely to return status quo
Copyright 2018 . All rights reserved