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US arming Syrian militants on border with Iraq to block popular forces

Syrian militants say Washington has increased its arms supplies to them in order to block Iraq’s pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) from creating a supply route between Iraq and Syria.

According to Press TV, on Monday, the PMU, also known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, reached the Syrian border during their anti-Daesh operations being carried out to the west of Mosul.

They have played a major role in the liberation of Daesh-held areas to the south, northeast and north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, ever since the terrorists launched an offensive in the country in June 2014.

On Tuesday, a leader of one of the militant groups operating under the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) said that there has been an increase in foreign military support. “There’s no way we can let them open the Baghdad-Damascus highway,” said Tlass Salameh.

A commander of another militant group operating with the FSA also announced that since earlier in the month a steady flow of weapons had been arriving at their base.

“The equipment and reinforcements come and go daily … but in the last few weeks they have brought in more heavy military vehicles, TOW (missiles), and armored vehicles,” he added.

The PMU’s top commander, Hadi al-Ameri, has said that his forces’ reaching the Syrian border will help Damascus forces reach in from their side.

Meanwhile, Ameri said the US’s airstrikes during the operations to liberate Mosul from Daesh were almost useless.

Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January and launched the battle in the western part of the city in February. The operation has taken longer than planned as Takfiri elements have hidden themselves among civilians and are fighting back with car bombs, booby traps, mortar fire and snipers.

Ameri stressed that Iraqi’s air force was doing a much better job in subduing the Takfiri occupying forces.

The US-led anti-terror coalition has been under much criticism due to the high number of civilian casualties.

On Sunday, at least 20 Iraqi civilians have been killed in airstrikes conducted by US-led coalition in the northern parts of Mosul’s Old City.