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    Iran-backed Iraqi militias reach Syria border

    (Reuters) - An Iraqi Shi'ite force backed by Iran said it pushed Islamic State out of several villages on the border with Syria on Monday, potentially reopening a supply route to send Iranian weapons to President Bashar al-Assad.

    The maneuver could also be the prelude to a connection with the Assad's Iranian-backed forces, although they are yet to reach the Iraqi border from the Syrian side.

    Syrian rebel sources have warned of advances by the Syrian army and Iranian-backed militia to reach the border.

    The territory taken by the Popular Mobilisation force on Monday is located north of the Islamic State-held town of Baaj.

    For Popular Mobilisation, it is a step towards achieving a linkup with Assad forces, giving him a significant advantage in fighting the six-year rebellion against his rule.

    But the territory is connected with land held by U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish groups on the Syrian side, who are more focused on fighting Islamic State than Assad.

    It is not known whether the Syrian Kurds would allow the Iraqi Shi'ite force to use their territory to reach Assad's troops, deployed further south and further west.

    In a statement on its website, Popular Mobilisation described its advance to the border with Syria as "a Ramadan miracle", referring to the Muslim fasting month which started over the weekend.

    Popular Mobilisation is taking part in the U.S-backed Iraqi campaign to defeat Islamic State in the city of Mosul and the surrounding province of Nineveh.

    Iraqi government armed forces are focusing their effort on dislodging insurgents from the city of Mosul, Islamic State's de-facto capital in Iraq.

    While reporting nominally to Iraq's Shi'ite-led government, Popular Mobilisation has Iranian military advisers, one of whom died last week fighting near Baaj.
    Iran-backed Iraqi force says takes Islamic State villages near Syria | Reuters


    Iraqi forces officially reach Syrian border-crossing

    The Iranian Major General Qassem Suleimani is apparently among the PMU

    In pictures: Prominent Iranian general reaches Syrian border

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    BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The U.S. Air Force dropped leaflets over the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in southeast Homs this weekend, demanding they halt their operations near the Tanf border-crossing into Iraq’s Al-Anbar Governorate.

    Despite the warning by the U.S. forces, a Syrian Arab Army officer told Al-Masdar News, Monday, that their units will continue operations against the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Islamic State (ISIL) militants until the entire Iraqi border with southeast Syria is sealed.

    The officer also informed Al-Masdar that the Russian military is deeply embedded with the Syrian Arab Army and their allies in southeast Homs; they have given the green light to continue operations.

    While the U.S. attempts to strong-arm the Syrian military in favor of the rebels, the government forces greatly outnumber the latter in the region, making it difficult for the Free Syrian Army to maintain a large part of the Homs and Deir Ezzor governorates.

    Moreover, the Free Syrian Army does not have the support of the Iraqi government or their powerful Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi).

    Without support from Baghdad, the Free Syrian Army will find it very difficult to fend off the Popular Mobilization Units and their allies that are embedded with the Syrian Armed Forces in southeast Homs.
    Syrian Army will continue Iraqi border offensive, US warnings ignored

    US really needs to get out of this conflict. Your military has no legitimate role in Syria, whatsoever. Iraq, maybe. No Syria. Nobody invited them there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Iran-backed Iraqi force says takes Islamic State villages near Syria | Reuters


    Iraqi forces officially reach Syrian border-crossing

    The Iranian Major General Qassem Suleimani is apparently among the PMU

    In pictures: Prominent Iranian general reaches Syrian border

    Meanwhile:




    Syrian Army will continue Iraqi border offensive, US warnings ignored

    US really needs to get out of this conflict. Your military has no legitimate role in Syria, whatsoever. Iraq, maybe. No Syria. Nobody invited them there.
    The Syrian rebels invited us there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    The Syrian rebels invited us there.
    Like the Russians were invited into Crimea?

    Btw, are you proud of your government supporting terrorists?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Iran-backed Iraqi force says takes Islamic State villages near Syria | Reuters


    Iraqi forces officially reach Syrian border-crossing

    The Iranian Major General Qassem Suleimani is apparently among the PMU

    In pictures: Prominent Iranian general reaches Syrian border

    Meanwhile:




    Syrian Army will continue Iraqi border offensive, US warnings ignored

    US really needs to get out of this conflict. Your military has no legitimate role in Syria, whatsoever. Iraq, maybe. No Syria. Nobody invited them there.
    Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton don't need no stinking invitations, they decide what is best for everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    The Syrian rebels invited us there.
    An invitation from ISIS or the likes doesn't count for much.
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    So are Iran and Iraq BFFs now?

    I didn't buy a program this week so I guess I don't know the players anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RNG View Post
    So are Iran and Iraq BFFs now?

    I didn't buy a program this week so I guess I don't know the players anymore.
    Iraqi Shias are with Iran, yes

    Anyway, the Russians apparently bombed US-backed rebels today, to stop them from counter attacking Assad forces.

    Rebels claim they did not sustain any casualties; but they stopped their offensive anyway: Syrian rebels say Russian jets halt advance on desert ...

    And the government claims the rebels didn't actually advance in the first place, just shot missiles at them from a distance: US-backed militants launch a counterattack against government forces in Syrian Desert

    And Russian Navy also fired several cruise missiles off a frigate andca submarine, at ISIS positions near Palmyra

    VIDEO: Russian Navy fires cruise missiles on ISIS near Palmyra

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