Iraq: Army in push to eliminate IS in Tal Afar

The US-backed Iraqi army released footage of its attempt to capture the city of Tal Afar from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), on Thursday. The offensive has been taking place some 60km (37mi) east of the recently-freed Mosul. In July, Iraqi troops, with support of the US-led coalition, defeated IS’ forces in Mosul. The victory opened up the route to Tal Afar. IS has... Еще held the city since 2014 and it is seen as a key battleground in the fight to defeat the Wahhabist group. Over 30,000 civilians have left Tal Afar so far, although the United Nations expects more to try in the coming weeks given the lack of basic resources in the city.
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