On Friday, the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) liberated the Sinjar military base south of Mount Sinjar after violent clashes with ISIS terrorists. Dozens of ISIS militants were reportedly killed in the clashes. Engineer units began dismantling mines and IEDs inside and around the base.
The PMU also besieged the village of Ranbosi north of Al-Ajaj and destroyed an ISIS VBIED north of the village.
The Iraqi Air Force supported the PMU operation aimed at liberating the strategic town of Al-Baaj. Iraqi Air Force warplanes destroyed two VBIEDs in the village of Al-Adanina, north of the town of Al-Baaj. Three VBIEDs were destroyed north of Al-Baaj town.
ISIS claimed that its militants killed and injured 20 PMU fighters and damaged 4 vehicles during an ambush near the village of Khneisi north of Qayrawan. ISIS also claimed that its militants targeted 13 vehicles and bulldozers belonging to the PMU during the clashes in the village of Kujo in western Qayrawan.
Clashes near Kujo:
The PMU’s Sinjar Martyrs operation is aimed at liberating the strategic town of Al-Baaj near the Syrian-Iraqi border and then liberating and securing the entire Syrian-Iraqi border.
It is believed that the PMU may cross the border into the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor even if the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the other side. The FSA had previously attacked the Iraqi Army, and played a key role in the growth of ISIS’s influence in Iraq.