Friday, 25 August 2017

Iraqi forces 'breach IS defences to reach city centre' of Tal Afar

Iraqi forces say they have broken through the defences of so-called Islamic State (IS) and reached the centre of the city of Tal Afar.

A spokesman said troops had also reached the old citadel.

Tal Afar, in north-western Iraq near the Syrian border, is one of the jihadists' last remaining strongholds in Iraq after they were driven out of the city of Mosul.

The Iraqi offensive on Tal Afar has been under way for six days.

It involves similar forces to those that finally recaptured Mosul, but also includes some units of a mainly Shia militia.

BBC     News.

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