Iraq captures IS-held Baaj area near Syria border
07 Jun 2017 - 11:24
BAGHDAD: Pro-government fighters on Sunday captured Baaj, an area near border with Syria, from Islamic State militants, according to an Iraqi police officer.
“More than 500 Hashd al-Shaabi fighters forced their way into the southern entrance of Baaj district,” captain Jabbar Hassan told Anadolu Agency.
He said the pro-government forces managed to seize control of the area after deadly clashes with IS militants.
According to Hassan, scores of IS militants had fled the area toward the Syrian border.
The capture of Baaj shrinks the area under control of IS militants in the border region between Iraq and Syria.
Iraqi forces, backed by air cover from a U.S.-led coalition, are currently engaged in a widespread offensive to dislodge IS from Mosul, the terrorist group’s last stronghold in Iraq.