DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:40 P.M.) – Amaq Agency has published a series of new images depicting a succesful jihadist raid on an Iraqi military headquarters in western Anbar, not far from the border with Syria.
Following the attack, ISIS militants torched lorries and tents abandoned by the Iraqi border guards and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).
The photos also indicate the Islamic State is still able to mobilize large convoys despite suffering ongoing territorial setbacks across Iraq and Syria.
In the aftermath of the attack, Amaq Agency claimed 17 PMU soldiers were killed and 31 vehicles captured from the Iraqi garrison.
From a strategic perspective, ISIS hopes to sever the newly established supply line that connects Damascus with Baghdad through a government corridor of desert territory neighboring the Al-Tanf border crossing where US special forces are based.
This supply line also serves to establish a land route between Iran and Hezbollah, thus allowing the latter to receive weapons by road instead of air.