Iraqi forces have seized the majority of Tal Afar from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIL/ISIS), military officials announced on Saturday. Iraqi government troops are said to have driven the militants out from the centre. Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari announced, Saturday, that 70 percent of the town had been recaptured.
Tal Afar holds strategic importance as part of a... Еще supply route that connected Syria with Mosul, a former stronghold of the militant movement which has since been recaptured by Iraqi forces.
The battle for Tal Afar has displaced many in camps outside the town. The civilians who live in the camps remain in dire conditions, lacking adequate clean water and sufficient food supplies.
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