Iraqi Forces Begin Offensive to Liberate Tal Afar. Iraq has used ground attacks to attack Tal Afar, one of the few Iraqi cities in charge of the Islamic State terrorist movement. After the revival of Mosul last month, Tal Afar is the next target.
The city, 80 kilometers west of Mosul, is occupied by about 2000 IS warriors.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced the offensive in a televisional speech. “You tell yourself if you die,” was his message to the occupiers. Tal Afar is surrounded by government forces in the south and Kurdish peshmerga in the north.
From the air, pamphlets were scattered by the Iraqi air force over Tal Afar, in which residents were warned of the attack and for the liberation on hand.
Earlier this week, the army started with air bombardments. Soil groups must do the rest of the work.
Tunnels in the City
Before 2014, the city conquered 200,000 people in the city. According to estimates from the United Nations, there are still between 10,000 and 40,000, the rest fled.
According to residents of the city, the IS’s tunnels use the city to move and to protect themselves from the attacks.
Support from the USA
The United States is leading the international anti-IS coalition. With US air support and military advisors on the ground, the Iraqi army conquered IS Mosul in July. The siege lasted nine months.
In northern Iraq, the jihadists still have control over many areas.