Kurdish, Iraqi Reinforcements to Quell ISIS
Iraq tightened on Monday security measures along its border, as the Defense Ministry warned from the possibility that some ISIS members infiltrate from the Syrian side.
“To the nation’s guards, the sons of the Popular Mobilization Forces: There are ongoing intense clashes along the Iraq-Syria border through which ISIS is suffering great losses. ISIS elements are attempting to infiltrate into Iraq,” the Defense Ministry wrote in leaflets it dropped Monday near the Syrian border.
The ministry called on members of the PMF to assume their national and legal responsibility and prevent ISIS militias from infiltrating into Iraqi terretories.
Security expert Saeed Al-Jayashi told Asharq Al-Awsat on Monday, “The situation in those areas is still under control. There are no real threats although Iraqi forces are already on alert.”
Last Friday, ISIS launched an assault against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Deir Ezzor region near the Iraqi border.
Jayashi said the SDF suffered grave losses from ISIS militias who now control around six areas and are nearing the Iraqi borders from the north of the Euphrates River.
While Iraqi forces were seen sending reinforcements to west Syria to quell ISIS members in their last pockets east the Euphrates River, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) were sending Monday special forces to the east the country.
Reuters quoted a commander as saying Syrian Kurdish special forces have joined an offensive against ISIS militants in eastern Syria.
Meanwhile, Moscow announced Monday it would discuss with Damascus the outcome of the four-way meeting held between the leaders of Turkey, Russia, France, and Germany in Istanbul last Saturday to tackle peace in Syria.
The announcement came as London hosted Monday a meeting between UN Special Envoy to Syria and members of the Small Group, including Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Currently, Washington is working to coordinate with its allies positions concerning Syria before an expected meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Paris on Nov. 11.