Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fighting the ISIL terrorists recaptured nine more villages, proceeding with a campaign to impose control over the Iraqi borders with Syria.
Badr Organization, a part of the Iraqi volunteer forces, said it had taken over nine villages Northwest of Baaj, with dozens of militants fleeing to Syrian border cities, Iraqi News reported.
“Forces are proceeding towards the liberation of what is left of Iraqi-Syrian borders towards al-Waleed border corssing,” the statement said, pointing to a crossing in Anbar province, South of Nineveh, which is also close to the borders with Jordan.
Operations on Monday left more than 45 ISIL members dead, including suicide bombers boarding booby-trapped cars, Badr Organization added.
Earlier, PMF media said the Iraqi forces recaptured the entire Baaj region and proceeded to take over surrounding villages near the Syrian borders. Operations targeting border regions near Syria launched in May 12th.
The campaign has been running simultaneously with government troops battles with ISIL in Mosul, the group’s largest stronghold in Iraq where the group is nearing eventual defeat.
On Sunday, Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes, deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Units, said “mobilization forces will go after terrorism outside Iraq if it threatens Iraq’s soil and national security”.
An Iraqi military spokesperson said last week that the troops would not take the step unless with an Iraqi parliament green light.