IRAQI militia have reportedly crossed the Syrian border to join the battle for the last Isis stronghold of Abu Kamal.
A Syrian military source told Al Masdar News yesterday the Iranian-trained Popular Mobilisation Units were now operating inside Syria after helping retake al-Qaim on the Iraqi side of the border last week.
The Syrian army, Iranian Revolutionary Guard volunteers and Lebanon’s Hezbollah fought their way through to the Iraqi border on the western road to Abu Kamal on Sunday night, taking them within 20 miles of the border town.
Taking Abu Kamal would open the road from Beirut and Damascus to Baghdad and Tehran.
Meanwhile the US-allied Syrian Democratic Forces seized more oilfields from Isis north of Abu Kamal. An SDF source told Sputnik the US had supplied more than 100 armoured Humvee vehicles and artillery.
At a summit of Nato allies and partners in Finland, US Defence Secretary James Mattis refused to commit to taking back those arms after the impending defeat of Isis.