According to a statement by Hashd al-Sha’abi, the PMU forces on Tuesday used mortar shells and artillery rounds to destroy a Daesh hideout near the Alas oilfields, located northeast of Tikrit, the provincial capital of Salahuddin province, Iraq’s Baghdad al-Youm website reported.
In the western Makishifa district of the province, the popular forces also managed to destroy several hideouts of the terrorists and clear the area of their remnants, it added.
Daesh has intensified its attacks in Iraq amid Baghdad’s call on the US to pull out its forces from the Arab country.
In a vote on January 5, the Iraqi parliament called for an end to the presence of all foreign troops, including Americans.
The vote came two days after the US military – acting on US President Donald Trump’s order – launched a fatal drone strike on senior Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani upon his arrival in the Iraqi capital at the invitation of the Baghdad government.
The attack also claimed the lives of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of the PMU, and eight other Iranian and Iraqi people.
Washington has threatened sanctions should US troops be expelled instead of heeding the Iraqi parliament’s call to end the occupation of the country.