BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:57 P.M.) – The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have made a significant advance against ISIS forces in Nineveh Province, sweeping through a string of rural settlements located to the west of Mosul.

Today, the anti-ISIS militia group officially released seventeen (17) villages from the grip of the so-called Islamic State, further reducing the Tal Afar pocket which sits to the west of Mosul.

Reports say that the operation to which the liberation of these settlements is linked started from north of the al-Adaya area and was carried out south towards the Ayn al-Jahsh area. The goal of today’s undertaking was to search for ISIS sleeper cells and secure any ammunition and weapons caches left behind by the terrorist group.

According to recent US military estimates, the Tal Afar pocket – which the PMU and the Iraqi Army are now in the process of liquidating – may contain up to 1,000 Islamic State fighters within it.

The video below shows PMU forces who partook in today’s operation moving into position just prior to its undertaking.

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