US-backed SDF Is Concerned Over Iraqi PMU Operation Against ISIS At Border With Syria

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US-backed SDF Is Concerned Over Iraqi PMU Operation Against ISIS At Border With Syria

An Asayish member in northern Syria in 2016. Photo courtesy of Asayish

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are concerned over the recent gains of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) at the Syrian-Iraqi border.

On Monday, the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units reached the border with Syria in the western part of the province of Nineveh. Thus, PMU units deployed near the area controlled by the SDF in northeastern Syria.

On Tuesday, the pro-SDF media outlet “ARA News” reported that US-backed forces are concerned over this and have held an urget meeting to discuss the issue.

The Kurdish Security Police of the Rojava Asayish held a meeting on Monday in Qamishli city, in northeastern Syria, to discuss the ‘Iranian project’, after the Iraqi Shia paramilitary Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) linked up with areas held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The Asayish said in a statement that a broad security meeting was held in Qamishli in the presence of the general commander of the Asayish forces, Ciwan Ibrahim, to discuss the formation of a defence system in Rojava-Northern Syria ‘to confront the Iranian project’ that is supported by the Baath regime forces and affiliated Shia groups. [SF comment: the Syrian military and its allies]

Moreover, the Asayish said a spy media network was uncovered in Rojava,” ARA News’ article reads.

Thus, according to the SDF (Kurdish militias are a core of the group), the PMU poses a threat to security of the SDF and it’s bad that it had expelled ISIS from the part of the Syrian-Iraqi border.

The Asayish statement also ignored that the PMU is an official part of the Iraqi Armed Forces.

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