The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) continued advancing towards the ISIS-held twon of Baaj near the border with Syria. According to the PMU media wing, PMU fighters have recently liberated the villages of Arfee’ al-Awal and al-Wahbi.
Earlier this week, the PMU officially announced the start of the Operation Sinjar Martyrs with an aim to take control over Baaj.
If the PMU liberates Baaj and gets this foothold for an advance in the Syrian-Iraqi border area, the group will be able to influence significantly the ongoing developments in Syria. The US-led coalition and US-backed forces operating in Syria are aiming to build a buffer zone at the Syrian-Iraqi border with an aim to prevent any cooperation between the PMU and the Syrian military.