South Front reports today that the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have repelled a large Islamic State attack in western Nineveh on the outskirts of Mosul in northern Iraq. According to the report, PMU reached the border with Syria on Monday and started digging trenches and preparing positions in order to secure the recently liberated border area and to prepare for a push to liberate villages north of the important Islamic State held town of al-Baaj. The PMU advance will be actively supported by the Iraqi Air Force. The same approach was implemented during the liberation of Qairawan in May.
A successful operation by the PMU against the Islamic State in the border area faced a cold response from US-backed forces in Syria. Kurdish security forces affiliated with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared the PMU a threat to the SDF-held area. The report states the SDF will not tolerate any kind of corridor between Iran and ‘the Syrian regime’ and will oppose any PMU attempt to enter the Syrian territory.
South Front report found here.