BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:11 A.M.) – The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have repelled a massive ISIS offensive near the Iraqi-Syrian border. The attack by ISIS was a cross-border operation, being launched out of Syrian territory towards PMU forces in the area of Tal Saffuq.
ISIS appears to have undertaken the offensive against the PMU at Tal Saffuq from three directions, employing a large contingent of storming troops, motorised vehicles (namely Toyota pickups) and fire support weapons.
The PMU reacted efficiently to the shock attack, holding their positions and inflicting heavy casualties on ISIS to the point where the terrorist group was forced to withdraw.
According to PMU accounts, ISIS suffered losses to the effect of 100 fighters killed, fifteen (15) Toyota pickup trucks with various arrays of heavy weaponry (e.g. 23 mm anti-aircraft guns and heavy machine guns) destroyed, five (5) motorcycles destroyed and two (2) mortars destroyed. In addition to this, the PMU burned several pieces of military equipment belonging to ISIS that had been abandoned when the terrorist group was forced to withdraw from the combat zone.
If these statistics are accurate, then ISIS has suffered a major operational defeat in addition to its failure to capture Tal Saffuq.
Desert offensives and raids by ISIS are a specialty of the terrorist group and nowhere does ISIS appear to be more successful at it than in Anbar Province of Iraq. In the last year, Islamic State media has released several lengthy videos of the terrorist group’s raids – one which is available in this linked article – against isolated desert outposts scattered throughout western Iraq.
Below is an image taken by the PMU after the offensive was repelled.