The Iraqi volunteer forces of Hashd al-Shaabi have foiled a major attack of 350 ISIS suicide bombers near the country’s border with Syria, according to a field commander of Hashd al-Shaabi.
Abu Wala al-Wani said that dozens of ISIS terrorists launched a heavy attack against pro-government forces’ defense lines in Tal Safouk.
The commander noted that ISIS used more than 40 bomb-laden motorcycles, six explosive-laden vehicles and 350 suicide bomber and four tanks to strike the Iraqi forces’ positions.
The news came after Iraqi forces liberated the strategic city of Mosul from ISIS terrorists.
On Tuesday, Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated the country’s forces on the big victory in Mosul.
Addressing a press conference in Baghdad, Abadi said he had given orders to rebuild and stabilize the recaptured areas of the city.
“Praise be to God, we managed to liberate (Mosul) and proved the others were wrong, the people of Mosul supported and stood with our security forces against terrorism,” Abadi said.
Less than a week ago, the Iraqi PM declared an end to ISIS terrorist group’s caliphate, after Iraqi forces retook the landmark al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City.
The recapturing of the mosque is hugely symbolic as it was the place ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the ISIS caliphate in July 2014.