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Iraqi Foreign Minister Says Army Liberated 70% of Tal Afar From Daesh

© REUTERS / Thaier Al-SudaniSmoke rises during clashes between joint troop of Iraqi army and Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) against the Islamic State militants in Tal Afar, Iraq August 26, 2017
Smoke rises during clashes between joint troop of Iraqi army and Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) against the Islamic State militants in Tal Afar, Iraq August 26, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jaafari stated that Tal Afar's liberation would not put an end to the Daesh threat and called for further efforts in combating the terrorist group.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Iraqi army has liberated 70 percent of Tal Afar in northern Iraq from the Daesh terrorist group (banned in Russia), Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jaafari said Saturday.

"Seventy percent of Tal Afar city have been liberated and, if God helps, the remaining part will be liberated soon," Jaafari said at a press conference with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian and French Defense Minister Florence Parly while aired by the Sky News Arabia broadcaster.

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
Iraqi Troops Fighting Daesh Militants Near Tal Afar's Citadel - Militia
The minister noted that Tal Afar's liberation would not put an end to the Daesh threat and called for further efforts in combating the terrorist group.

Earlier in the day, the Iraqi army claimed that it had liberated a citadel in Tal Afar's center, according to a statement obtained by Sputnik.

The operation to liberate Tal Afar was announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi on August 20. The city is located 30 miles away from recently liberated Mosul and is the last major stronghold of the Daesh militants on Iraq's border with Syria.

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