Iraqi Forces Recover 70 Percent Of Tal Afar City From ISIS

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| August 27 , 2017 , 10:35 IST

In another major victory for Iraqi forces, they have retaken 70 percent of the city of Tal Afar in northern Iraq that had been captured by militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2014, the Foreign Minister of Iraq Ibrahim al-Jaafari said.

According to reports, Tal Afar, located 70 km west of the previously liberated city of Mosul is the last bastion of ISIS in northern Iraq.

The Iraqi foreign minister made the announcement during a joint press conference with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, and French Defence Minister Florence Parly. The French leaders, currently on a visit to Iraq to tackle the fight against ISIS are scheduled to meet with the Iraqi President Fouad Massoum and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

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Parly congratulated Iraqi forces on the great victory over ISIS in Mosul, stressing that Paris backs Baghdad through either the former's contribution to the United States-led international coalition or bilateral cooperation.

Last Sunday on August 20, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi had announced the launch of a military offensive to recover the Tal Afar city from the control of ISIS during a public televised address.

Located on a major road between Mosul and the Syrian border, Tal Afar fell to the ISIS in 2014 and was once a key supply route for the militant group. With a mostly Shia-Muslim population, Tal Afar is surrounded by government troops and Shia militiamen in the south, and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in the north.