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Iraq’s Militia to Reach Syrian Border

Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Popular Mobilisation units ride on the back of a vehicle in the town of Baiji, north of Tikrit, as they fight alongside Iraqi forces against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group to try to retake the strategic northern Iraqi town for a second time, on June 10, 2015. Baghdad regained control of Baiji -- located on the road to IS hub Mosul and near the country's largest oil refinery -- last year, but subsequently lost it again. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

On Monday, May 29, the Associated Press reported on the gains of the Popular Mobilization units against ISIS. The armed formations have freed several villages and gained control over key supply routes in the deserts west of Mosul.

According to a Popular Mobilization units commander Sheikh Sami al-Masoudi, after the militia ousted ISIS from the village of Umm Jrais, they reached the Syrian border. Now, the forces are securing the area, and soon will be ready to advance towards the IS positions inside the territory of Syria, al-Masoudi said.

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