The Popular Mobilization Units say they have accomplished their goals in the battle against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the western flank of the flashpoint city of Mosul.
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of the forces commonly known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, broke the news at a press conference on Friday, adding that the fighters had already "liberated 14,000 square kilometers and 360 villages," Arabic-language al-Sumeria TV network reported.
He went on to say that the PMUs "have also managed to kill 2,000 Daesh terrorists west of the northern province of Nineveh," of which Mosul is the capital.
Mohandis added that the units "are ready to liberate Tal Afar town," situated 63 kilometers west of Mosul, from the grips of Daesh, and "are now waiting for the orders of Iraqi Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief Haider al-Abadi."
He also said the units had so far liberated between 50 and 60 kilometers of the Iraqi-Syrian borderline.
Late last month, the paramilitary units, consisting of some 40 mainly Shia Muslim groups, reached the Syrian border in the north in an attempt to block Daesh from crossing the common border.