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Hasdhi Shabi Fighters Gain Full Control over Sinjar and Tal Afar Road

23 November 2016 15:19

A member of the Hashd Al Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Units), gives directions to members of his unit after they came under fire by an ISIS snipper at Tal Afar airport on November 20, 2016. Pro-government paramilitary forces advancing on the town of Tal Afar, which commands the city's western approaches, entered its airport, while troops moving up from the south had the Mosul airport in their sights. / AFP PHOTO

 

The Iraqi Hashd Al Shaabi (Iraqi Popular Mobilization -PMU) continued their advances to the West of Mosul, and completed their siege of the terrorists in the city of Tal Afar.

Tal Afar is located between the city of Mosul and Syria’s Raqqa Govornonate and terrorists use Tal Afar to flee to Raqqa in Syria. The capture of Tal Afar will be very important for paving the way for victory in Nineveh province.

Now Iraqi volunteer forces are preparing for the final phase of military operations to win back Tal Afar city as they have cut off all the supply lines to the ISIS terrorists in the western part of Nineveh province. On Tuesday, Iraq’s volunteer forces started the fourth phase of the military operations in areas on the Western side of Mosul and tightened its siege of the terrorists after retaking Tal Afar city.

The Hashd al-Shaabi regained full control of Northern Al Sharia and Souththern Al Sharia to the West of Mosul city yesterday.The Iraqi volunteer forces also approached the suburbs of Ain al Hassan village to the West of Tal Afar airport in city. Hashd al-Shaabi seized a large amount of weapons and military equipment from ISIL terrorists.

Meantime, ISIS terrorists have retreated from the international Tal Afar-Sinjar highway to the central parts of the city.The main purpose of the third phase of the military operations in Western Mosul is to help Iraq’s joint military forces to take control of areas between Tal Afar and the Syrian border, Hashd al-Shaabi said in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement reiterated that another objective of the fresh military campaign in Western Mosul is to cut off the terrorists’ remaining supply routes from Tal Afar to the Syrian border.It said that the Iraqi volunteer forces plan to advance further after seizing back more lands to the West of Mosul city.

Battlefield sources said that the Tal Afar airport military operations covered an area from South to the North of Tal Afar and Sinjar International Airport as Hashd al-Shaabi has already coordinated with the Kurdish forces stationed near Sinjar International Airport and they have voiced their readiness to cooperate with the Iraqi volunteer forces.

Also on Tuesday, the Iraqi volunteer forces repelled a major ISIL offensive to take back Tal Afar airport.
The ISIL terrorists tried to destroy the volunteer forces’ military positions with suicide vehicles to open their way into the airport, but they were pushed back by the Syrian army.

The ISIL terrorists sent several suicide vehicles towards Iraqi Hashd Al Shaabi military positions near Tal Afar airport, but the Hashd al-Shaabi forces destroyed them before they could hit their targets.

Meantime, the Iraqi Hezbollah and volunteer forces managed to purge terrorists from the village of Jahish to the Southwest Ta Afar.Hashd al-Shaabi sources stressed that a large number of ISIL terrorists escaped the airport which was besieged by the Iraqi and headed towards the city of Tal Afar.

Media reports also noted that the Iraqi forces have advanced in Western Mosul, killing scores of ISIL terrorists.The sources added that liberating the airport paves the way for Iraqi forces to regain the city of Tal Afar.

 

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