Iraqi forces retake 3 more areas of Daesh-held Tal Afar

Iraqi forces retake 3 more areas of Daesh-held Tal Afar”

Iraqi forces have "completely surrounded" fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in the northern city of Tal Afar, according Iraqi and USA officials.

Maj Gen Rupert Jones, the coalition's British deputy commander, said Iraqi forces were off to a "really positive start" and "closing the noose" around the militants.

The commandos of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) fought heavy clashes with the extremist militants, during the day, in the southwestern neighborhood of Mu'almeen and managed to dislodge IS militants from the neighborhood, Yarallah added. They have defused 752 improvised explosive devices and cleared seven booby-trapped houses as well, he said. The offensive to retake Tal Afar began earlier this month, weeks after ISIL was driven out of Mosul, with air strikes on militant positions.

Iraqi forces on Wednesday captured the third neighborhood of the northern Tal Afar district as part of an ongoing campaign to rid the area of IS terrorists, according to an Iraqi army commander.

IS's self-proclaimed "caliphate" collapsed last month when the Iraqi army recaptured the strategic city of Mosul - located some 80 kilometers east of Tal Afar - following a nine-month campaign.

Separately, the media bureau of Iraq's Badr Organization stated that the pro-government forces had liberated Jolaq junction in Tal Afar, and raised the national flag over the Directorate of Education building.

Most of the terrorist had withdrew al-Wahda neighborhood to Tal Afar center.

"We announce the launch of an operation to liberate Tal Afar".

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says it has received around 1,500 families, or some 9,000 people, from Tel Afar at the Hamman al-Alil displacement camp in the past week.

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