Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fire towards Islamic State militants during a battle on the outskirts of Al-Ba'aj, west of Mosul, Iraq May 26, 2017. Picture taken May 26, 2017. REUTERS
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Iraq's Iran-backed Shiite paramilitary force said Sunday it had dislodged Daesh (ISIS) from a number of villages west of Mosul, scoring further progress toward the border with Syria.Iraq's government is aiming to control the border area with Syria in coordination with the Iranian-backed army of Syrian President Bashar Assad.In other developments, Syrian opposition activist groups say airstrikes have killed at least 17 people just south of the northern city of Raqqa.The Observatory said the government and allied troops Saturday seized Al-Ilianiya, an area controlled by Syrian opposition fighters.
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