Rapid response unit troops of the Iraqi Ground Forces near Kirkuk, 23 September 2017 (Photo by Reuters)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) – The Iraqi Armed Forces have begun their long awaited offensive to liberate the Syrian border and expel the remaining Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists from their lands.

Led by the army and Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Units), the Iraqi Armed Forces stormed the Islamic State’s positions at the town of Rawah this morning.

So far, the Iraqi Armed Forces have managed to liberate a large patch of the highway that leads to the strategic border-city of Al-Qa’im.

Al-Qa’im is located along the border with the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor.

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