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Iraq’s Shia militia sets up security points on border with Syria

Members of the Hashed al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), paramilitaries stand atop a vehicle carrying the body of Wissam Alyawi, a leading commander of the Asaib Ahl Al-Haq faction that is part of the PMF, during a funerary procession in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on October 26, 2019. - [AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images]

Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) announced on Sunday the establishment of security points in the Al-Qa’im district, west of Anbar Governorate, to “secure the border area with Syria”.

The PMF said in a statement that its 13th Brigade has established the security points in order to secure the area from the infiltration of Daesh militants from Syria.

The statement added that “the points have contributed to securing the border between Iraq and Syria and the road linking the two countries”.

About two weeks ago, the office of then Iraqi caretaker Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, announced that joint operations with the international coalition have been resumed against Daesh after parliament voted for foreign forces to leave Iraq.

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