In Tall Afar, an Ottoman Era city where ISIS holdouts have been fighting for their lives, Iraqi forces have announced a rout of the radicals. The national army forces have said they fully liberated Tall Afar after a long engagement. Now they are chasing the last remnants of the ISIS force that had held the town through the suburbs. The AP reports:
Sunday’s statement says troops have captured all of the town’s neighborhoods but are heading to Ayadia district, about 6 miles northwest of Tall Afar, to pursue a group of militants who fled.
On Aug. 20, U.S.-backed Iraqi troops launched a multi-pronged operation to retake Tall Afar, a month after declaring Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, fully liberated. Tall Afar is about 60 miles from Syria’s border.
Militants still control the northern town of Hawija as well as Qaim, Rawa and Ana, in western Iraq near the Syrian border.
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