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Iraqi Army Forces at Gates of Strategic Town of Tal Afar

22 August 2017 21:48


The Iraqi Army troops and the volunteer forces of Hashd al-Shaabi continued their advances against ISIL in Northwestern Nineveh, reaching the gates of the strategic terrorist-held city of Tal Afar, Iraqi Federal Police Chief Lt. Gen. Raed Shaker Jawdat announced Tuesday.

Jawdat said that federal forces and Hashd al-Shaabi have gained control over the village of Termi in the Western entrance of Tal Afar.

He further added that the pro-government forces struck ISIL’s defense lines in al-Kafah, al-Sa’ad and al-Vahda to penetrate into the city.

In the meantime, the Iraqi police and Hashd al-Shaabi captured the village of Tarambi and its surrounding regions Northwest of Tal Afar, the police chief added.

Jawdat went on to say that the Iraqi forces drove ISIL out of the villages of Tashtiyeh, Tal al-Samana, al-Kasak crossroad and al-Kasak oil refinery.

In the meantime, the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV reported that tough battle is underway between the Iraqi police and Hashd al-Shaabi forces and the ISIL terrorists near Sailo Tal Afar region at the Southern entrance of the city.

Reports said earlier today that the army and the country’s volunteer forces of Hashd al-Shaabi managed to advance against ISIL terrorists in two flanks on Tuesday, and took control of a strategic road that connects the cities of Mosul and Tal Afar to each other.

The Iraqi soldiers and Hashd al-Shaabi drove ISIL out of the villages of Toumi and Majarin East of Tal Afar after hours of clashes with terrorists.

The Iraqi government forces, meantime, pushed ISIL back from the villages of Rahal, Jabarh, Hossein Idris, al-Mala and al-Majid Southwest of Tal Afar.

Hashed al-Shaabi announced that the Iraqi government forces took control over Mosul-Tal Afar road after they laid siege on al-Mahlabiyeh region and following their advances against ISIL in the Eastern and Southwestern directions of Tal Afar.

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