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Iraqi Troops Fighting Daesh Militants Near Tal Afar's Citadel - Militia

© REUTERS / StringerIraqi army with Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) gather during fighting with Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Tal Afar, Iraq, August 24, 2017
Iraqi army with Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) gather during fighting with Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Tal Afar, Iraq, August 24, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Ahmad Asadi, spokesman for Iraq's Shia Hashd Shaabi militia, said that The Iraqi armed forces reached the area around the citadel in the center of the city of Tal Afar.

TAL AFAR (Sputnik) — The Iraqi armed forces have reached an old citadel, located in the center of the city of Tal Afar, Ahmad Asadi, spokesman for Iraq's Shia Hashd Shaabi militia, told Sputnik on Friday.

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On Thursday, Iraqi army spokesman Yahya Rasul said that the Iraqi army has killed over 300 militants of the the Daesh (a terrorist group, outlawed in Russia) and liberated 31 districts of Tal Afar since the start of the operation to regain control over the city.

"Our troops reached the area around the citadel. It is a matter of few days now — Tal Afar will be fully liberated by Eid al-Adha [a Muslim holiday, celebrated on September 1 this year]," Asadi said.

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He added that earlier on Friday the militias liberated four large districts in the city's east.

"The distance between troops in the west and east of the city is nearly two kilometers [1.2 miles]," Asadi said.

On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the beginning of the military offensive aimed at retaking Tal Afar, which is located 30 miles away from recently liberated Mosul. Tal Afar is the last major stronghold of the Daesh militants on the border of Iraq with Syria.

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