"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)



Sunday, June 04, 2017

Iraqi Forces Retake Area near Syrian Border from IS- Naharnet

Iraqi forces retook an area near the Syrian border from the Islamic State group on Sunday as part of operations to expel the jihadists from strongholds in the country's north.
The Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) forces announced the "total liberation" of al-Baaj district "with support from the air force".
"The Iraqi flag has been hoisted above its buildings," said a statement from the Hashed, an umbrella organization for pro-government paramilitaries that is dominated by Iran-backed Shiite militias.
The Hashed on May 12 launched an operation to retake the Qayrawan and al-Baaj areas west of Mosul, the country's second city that is the target of a massive anti-IS operation.
The forces on May 23 announced they had retaken Qayrawan.