BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Iraqi military is preparing for a major operation that is meant to officially seal off the Iraqi-Syrian border once and for all.
Led by their Popular Mobilization Units (var. Hashd Al-Sha’abi), the Iraqi military has deployed a large number of personnel to the western countryside of the Al-Anbar Governorate.
The Iraqi military will attempt to clear all of the Islamic State’s (ISIS) sleeper cells around the Deir Ezzor-Anbar axis, which would be a difficult task without cooperation from the Syrian Army and Kurdish-led forces.
According to local reports in Deir Ezzor, the Iraqi military will be launching this operation in coordination with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), marking the first time during this war that either entity has worked together.
Below is the video of the Popular Mobilization Units near the Syrian border-city of Albukamal.