DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:50 P.M.) – On Sunday morning, the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) – by now veterans of desert warfare – continued their blitz offensive through ISIS-held territory in northwestern Iraq.

Concluding a pincer manuever around Qayrawan city, the predominately Shiite PMU were able to impose full control over the villages of Ain Fathy, Sadaa Zobaa, Al-Nilyia, Thary Ak-Awsat and Al-Musabs.

With the PMU offensive now entering day 10, Qayrawan is surrounded on three flanks, leaving only a small western escape route for ISIS insurgents.

Commanded by Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the PMU hope to push onwards through the deserts of western Nineveh, ultimately looking to reach the Syrian border and notably liberate the ISIS bastions of Qayrawan and Al-Ba’aj in the process.

Three days ago, a Peshmerga unit defected to the PMU while reports suggest other Kurdish contingents based in the Sinjar region are considering the same.

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