The offensive was launched against the Hashd al-Shaabi units stationed in Tal Safouk passage at borders with Syria on Wednesday.
Field sources also confirmed the attack against Hashd al-Shaabi forces in Tal Safouk, adding that 18 suicide bombers were killed and 2 of their bomb-laden vehicles were blown up.
Commander of Hashd al-Shaabi in Western Anbar Qassim Mesleh said in a statement late in December that the Iraqi popular forces had arrived at border with Syria to back up the country’s army men against repeated attacks of the ISIL terrorists.
“After several Iraqi border guard positions came under several attacks by missiles, the 13th Brigade of the Popular Mobilization Units was deployed and targeted the origins of the launch,” Mesleh said.
“The operations command and the infantry brigade are now present on the Iraqi-Syrian border in border guard positions to repel any attack or movement by the enemy,” he further said, adding, “This area is not within the Hashd’s remit but it is our duty to back up all security forces.”