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Iraqi forces in full control of Turkmen city of Tal Afar, military

By Rudaw 27/8/2017
Video: Iraqi forces make advances against the ISIS militants in Tal Afar on August 27, 2017.

 

TAL AFAR, Iraq – The Iraqi army has announced that their forces are now in full control of the city of Tal Afar, just eight days after the launch of the operation against ISIS militants.
 
Lt. Gen. Abdulamir Rashid Yaralla, commander of the Tal Afar operation, stated that the Iraqi forces liberated al-Askari neighborhood, the northern industrial area and some other areas in northern Tal Afar Sunday, as well as al-Rahma village.
 
He said with the advances made today, “The entire neighborhoods of the capital city of Tal Afar district have been liberated,” the Iraqi commander said.
 
The Iraqi army and the mainly Shiite-Hashd al-Shaabi took part in the operation.
 
ISIS militants captured Tal Afar about three years ago as they also controlled large areas in both Iraq and Syria. 
 
He added that the ISIS militants are still in control of al-A'ayaziyah sub-district, some 11 km northwest of Tal Afar and its surrounding villages, stating that the Iraqi army is now marching toward the sub-district.
 
Meanwhile, Hashd media said in a statement that the army’s 16th division have launched an attack on A'ayaziyah sub-district from the southeastern front, and have since liberated two villages.
 
Falah Fayaz, Iraq’s National Security Advisor and also the head of the Hashd board, commended the contribution of the Hashd saying that they feel “honored” to have played their part.
 
Rudaw’s Ahmed Hunar reported from Tal Afar Sunday that the city’s streets and districts seem to be empty of civilians.
 
Ahmed, who covered the Mosul offensive extensively, said that the Tal Afar operation is very different since the ISIS group did not put up much resistance. He said he toured the city for about four hours without seeing ISIS bodies in the city, a stark contrast to Mosul where the extremist group fought the advancing Iraqi army for about nine months leaving many casualties from both sides, as well civilians.

 

 

 
Video: Rudaw video shows Iraqi forces in Tal Afar on August 27, 2017. 

 

Initial estimates put the number of ISIS militants at about 2,000. 
 
The UN said before the launch of the operation last Sunday that there were up to 50,000 civilians left in Tal Afar.

The army stated Saturday they took control of the historic citadel in the centre of Tal Afar and captured three more neighborhoods.
 
Lt. Gen. Yarallah announced Saturday that the Federal Police and Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi liberated the neighborhoods of Qadisiya1, Qadisiya2, and Rabiaa in northwestern Tal Afar. 

In addition, security investigation teams were able to discover two mass graves in Badoush containing the bodies of 500 prisoners killed by ISIS. One contained 30 and the other 470, according to a military statement. 

As of early Friday, Iraqi forces had recaptured al-Orouba 1, Nida', al-Nasr, Saad, and Taliaa around the Ottoman-era citadel, according to the Iraqi Joint Operations Command.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the commencement of operations by security forces to retake Tal Afar, which has a large Turkmen population as well as Arabs and Kurds.
 
The US-trained Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), Federal Police, the Rapid Response Force, Iraqi Army, and Hashd al-Shaabi are taking part in the operation with the backing of the coalition.
 
Tal Afar served as a key ISIS route between Iraq and Syria since 2014 and was the last major centre in northwestern Iraq still controlled by the terrorist group.

Comments

 
roger | 27/8/2017
Glad that's over just one more major area left, Hawija. Thank you and good luck
Dave J | 28/8/2017
What turkoman city!!! since when the nomads from central Asia have a city? These people supported Daesh, and they are not what so ever from the region, the region is geographically and historically is belonged to Kurdish Yazidis before they where mobilised by brutal Othmans. Lots of culprits in this city should be put on trials and the lands of the Yazidis should be restored back to them.
talafar | 28/8/2017
Dave J. Talafar is %50 Shia Turkmen and %50 Sunni Turkmen. Those were the Sunni Turkmens of Talafar who supported ISIS. The Shia Turkmens were the victims of the ISIS and they were brutally murdered, deported from the ancestral land. 200 k Shia Turkmen are now living in the refugee camps in Najaf and Karbala in desperate conditions since 2014. But your hyprocite western media gave never attention to these Shia Turkmen as they did with the Ezidis. Talafar has nothing to do with the Ezidis nor geografically neither historically. Turkmen Shia have been living in Talafar for 1000 years.
Kurdo | 29/8/2017
I read somwehere that it was also a Ezidi city once. Ship these turkmens back to Turkmenistan and bring back the kurds from Turkmenistan. Its a win win.
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