Iraqi , US Forces Continue to Advance On ISIS Held Tal Afar
00:13, Aug 27, 2017
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A high-ranking Iraqi military figure says army soldiers, backed by allied fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, have liberated most of Tal Afar as they recaptured more neighborhoods in their multi-pronged operation to dislodge Daesh Takfiri terrorists from the northern city.
General Abdulamir Yarallah, the commander leading the offensive to retake Tal Afar, said in a statement on August 26 that government troops had recaptured the city's center and its citadel. Clashes are ongoing with IS militants, he said.
Iraqi security forces on Saturday liberated three neighbourhoods of Tal Afar city from the Islamic State (IS) terror group.
Tal Afar is the last city still under the control of ISIS militants in Iraq's Nineveh province following the liberation of Mosul, about 45 miles to the east.
He added that only a few neighborhoods in Tal Afar were still being controlled by Daesh.
Al-Jaafari spoke during a news conference with his French counterpart.
It lies along the supply route between Syria and the former ISIL-stronghold of Mosul.
On Monday, Lise Grande, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said more than 30,000 people had already fled the city and surrounding areas.
It experienced cycles of sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shi'ites after the US -led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and has produced some of Islamic State's most senior commanders.
Iraqi spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, put the estimated number of IS fighters remaining in Tal Afar at 2,000.
US -backed forces are gradually securing the key area since the launch of the ground offensive earlier this week. People were arriving at camps for displaced people with wounds from sniper fire and mine explosions.
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