Iraqi forces launch operation on Iraq-Syria border

File – Iraqi military vehicles are pictured during an operation against Islamic State militants (Shafaq News)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi forces launched an operation on the border between Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, Iraqi media reported.  

The Iraqi border guard forces alongside units from the military and Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) launched the operation from six directions on the border, state news agency INA said.

“The operation includes the Syrian border strip in the triangle of al-Waleed,” INA quoted commander of the Iraqi border guard forces Lit. Gen. Hamid al-Husseini as saying.

The operation came after an improvised explosive device targeted a military vehicle belonging to the Iraqi border guard forces in western Iraq, killing one and wounding another.

It was not clear who planted the IED but Islamic State (ISIS) militants intermittently carry out attacks against the security forces.

In 2017 Baghdad announced victory over the militant group, and attacks in Iraqi cities have since become much rarer, although troops continue to fight ISIS sleeper cells in mountainous and desert areas.

The militants still mount deadly operations, mostly at night and in remote areas.

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