DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 A.M.) – Last night, the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) liberated the small city of Qayrawan in a swift overnight operation against the Islamic State. The sound military plan was masterminded by PMU commander-in-chief Hadi Al-Amari.

Prior to its capture, Qayrawan was surrounded on three flanks but the PMU left open a small route of escape in western Nineveh which ISIS took advantage of, withdrawing most of its fighters from the jihadist bastion before its takeover.

In addition, the PMU liberated the nearby villages of Tall Banat and Tall Kasab where they engaged and killed many ISIS insurgents at the Sinjar road:

Pictures of the predominately Shiite PMU liberating the city of Qayrawan:

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Meanwhile, the Iraqi Air Force destroyed two car bombs in the ISIS-held city of Al-Ba’aj while they were being transported on a truck in broad daylight:


With Qayrawan back under Iraqi control for the first time since 2014, the PMU have been tasked with capturing the Islamic State bastion of Al-Ba’aj and push onwards to the Syrian border, a prize some 65 kilometers from their current forward positions.

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