Iraqi forces began an operation to liberate the north-western city of Tal Afar, Sunday, from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) who have been in control of the city since 2014.
US forces have reportedly set up a military base just outside the city in order to aid Iraqi forces in the battle.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launch of the ground... Еще offensive to retake Tal Afar in a televised address on Saturday.
More than 100,000 people are expected to leave the besieged city in light of the military operation.
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