IRAQ’S POPULAR MOBILIZATION FORCES SQUEEZE ISIS TOWARDS SYRIA BORDER

Debris is seen on a street controlled by Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State fighters in north west of Mosul

(Reuters) The Popular mobilization forces launched an offense to drive ISIS from a desert region near the border with Syria as security forces fought the militants in the city of Mosul.

Spokesman Karim al-Nouri said the target of the operation was the Qairawan and Baaj areas about 100 km west of Mosul, where U.S.-backed Iraqi forces are advancing in their campaign to rout the militants from city.

Seven months into the Mosul campaign, ISIS has been driven from all but a handful of districts in the city’s western half including the Old City, where it is using hundreds of thousands of civilians as human shields.

 

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