Iraqi forces announce the liberation of the last neighborhood in Tal Afar

Iraqi forces on Sunday announced the liberation of the last neighborhood in the town of Tal Afar, located 60 kilometers west of Mosul, as troops head toward the last district in the north of the city.

TAL AFAR, Iraq (Kurdistan 24) - Iraqi forces on Sunday announced the liberation of the last neighborhood in the town of Tal Afar, located 60 kilometers west of Mosul, as troops head toward the last district in the north of the city.

Commander of the Tal Afar military operation Abdulamir Rashid Yarallah in a statement declared forces had gained control of the neighborhoods of al-Askari, and Sana'a Shimaliya along with the Ma'raz area, Tal Afar gate, and al-Rahma village, completing the liberation of the center of the town.

Yarallah also mentioned that Iraqi forces were heading toward the al-Ayadhyah district north of the town of Tal Afar.

The forces continued their advance and took control of five more villages: Faqa, Harun, Saji'a, Haqul, and Qabik.

The military operation started on August 20, a month after the liberation of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.

The liberation of the town of Tal Afar and surrounding villages will mark the end of IS' hold on the province of Nineveh.

In June 2014, IS occupied Mosul and quickly expanded to other cities in Nineveh. The Iraqi forces collapsed and failed to defend the area as the jihadist group advanced.

Many Kurdish and Iraqi officials have repeatedly emphasized the need to combat IS' ideology in Iraq following their military defeat.

 

Editing by G.H. Renaud