Iraq’s Pro-Government Forces Retake Al-Baaj From ISIL

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Iraq’s pro-government forces have retaken an area near the Syrian border from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as part of operations to expel the armed group from strongholds in the country’s north.

The Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) forces on Sunday announced the “total liberation” of Al-Baaj district “with support from the air force”.

“The Iraqi flag has been hoisted above its buildings,” said a statement from the Hashed, an umbrella organisation for pro-government fighters that is dominated by Iran-backed Shia armed groups.

The Hashed on May 12 launched an operation to retake the Qayrawan and Al-Baaj areas west of Mosul, the country’s second city that is the target of a massive anti-ISIL operation.

<<Aljazeera>>


Source: ogtv

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