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Iraqi Army Announces Operation to Liberate Northwestern Tal Afar Town From Daesh

© AFP 2021 / AHMAD AL-RUBAYEIraqi Shiite fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries fire their weapons as they advance near the town of Tal Abtah, south of Tal Afar, on November 30, 2016
Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries fire their weapons as they advance near the town of Tal Abtah, south of Tal Afar, on November 30, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The Iraqi Armed Forces announced on Tuesday plans to launch an operation aimed at the liberation of the northwestern town of Tal Afar from the Daesh terror group, outlawed in Russia.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) –  The operation will be led by the army’s 15th division, al-Masdar News media outlet reported, citing Maj. Gen. Najm Jubouri, commander of the Nineveh Operations.

Members of the Iraqi army's 9th Division fire a multiple rocket launcher from a hill in Talul al-Atshana, on the southwestern outskirts of Mosul, on February 27, 2017, during an offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters - Sputnik International
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The Iraqi Shia Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have been reportedly operating near Tal Afar since October 2016, liberating strategic sites and villages but they do not try to retake the town as it is mainly populated by Sunni Turkmens.

Tal Afar, among other northern and western Iraqi cities and towns including Mosul, second biggest Iraqi city, were seized in 2014 during a Daesh offensive.

The operation to liberate Mosul from Daesh terrorists, outlawed in many countries, including Russia, began on October 17, 2016. Iraqi troops have managed to advance in the eastern part of the city, but the western part — on the right bank of the Tigris River — remains under militant control.

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