BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:15 P.M.) – The ISIS terrorist group has carried out a brutal shock raid against Iraqi soldiers belonging to the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in the town of Imam Gharbi, Dijla Province.
Imam Gharbi is south of the area of al-Qayyarah where, yesterday, an ISIS anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) team blew up a gathering of PMU soldiers.
The raid by ISIS appears to have been a success insofar as the terrorist group managed to kill PMU troops who resisted the raid, forced the remaining soldiers to flee and then entered the town. Whether ISIS maintains a presence in Imam Gharbi after entering it remains unknown.
According to ISIS, the raid by its forces resulted in the death of 24 PMU soldiers and the destruction of five vehicles.
Based on the pictures released by ISIS media, the raid appears to have been a pretty symmetrical engagement. Much of the raid’s success can likely be attributed to the surprise ISIS achieved on the initial point of contact.
This latest raid, plus the ATGM attack, may be an indication that ISIS intends to increase its insurgency in the province of Dijla through a variety of conventional and semi-conventional means.