Iraqi forces say ousted Daesh from city of Tal Afar

DAILY SABAH WITH REUTERS
BAGHDAD
Published 27.08.2017 13:19
Iraqi military vehicles and troops advance towards the center of Tal Afar city, western Mosul, northern Iraq, Aug. 23, 2017. (EPA Photo)
Iraqi military vehicles and troops advance towards the center of Tal Afar city, western Mosul, northern Iraq, Aug. 23, 2017. (EPA Photo)

Iraqi forces have retaken all of Tal Afar, Daesh's stronghold in the country's northwest, the Iraqi military said in a statement Sunday.

Fighting was ongoing in al-'Ayadiya, a small area just outside the city. Iraqi forces were waiting to retake the city's surrounding areas to declare a complete victory.

The troops and armored vehicles were pushing northward to the remaining Daesh-held town of Ayadhiyah and surrounding villages, the statement said.

Tal Afar was the latest objective in the U.S.-backed war on the terrorist group following the recapture in July of Mosul, where it declared its self-proclaimed "caliphate" over parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014.

The military offensive to liberate Tal Afar was announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Aug. 20.

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