US-led coalition’s commander hails Hashd al-Sha’abi

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Tuesday, 27 December 2016

The American general commanding foreign coalition forces in Iraq and Syria has hailed pro-Iraqi government fighters with the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) as “remarkably disciplined” in their operations against the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast at his headquarters in Baghdad on Monday, Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend said the forces, better known by their Arabic name Hash al-Sha’abi, have made great achievements in their military action against Daesh in the city of Tal Afar, located 63 kilometers west of the city of Mosul.

Townsend said Hash al-Sha’abi forces have kept off Takfiri militants from traveling back and forth with supplies or information.

“The PMU did advance more rapidly than we expected and they’ve done a good job,” he said.

Townsend commands the US-led coalition that has been hitting purported Daesh targets in Syria and Iraq since 2014. The forces under his command are collectively known as Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR).

On Monday, Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters made progress in the Wadi Ayn al-Hathan district west of Mosul, and repelled Daesh attacks. At least 13 terrorists were killed and three vehicles belonging to them were destroyed during the operations.

Iraqi troops, supported by fighters from Hashd al-Sha’abi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, have been in a joint operation since October 17 to retake the northern city of Mosul from Daesh terrorists.

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