ERBIL — The so-called Islamic State (IS) announced the town of Tel Afar an independent state from the previously self-proclaimed "caliphate," a local source from Nineveh said on Wednesday.
According to the source, who spoke to Al Sumaria News on condition of anonymity, the leaders of IS in Tal Afar declared the town an independent state, separated from the "caliphate." The news came in a brief statement released by the extremist group, IraqiNews reported.
The IS leaders in Tel Afar further threatened to punish anyone, who does not obey the laws and orders of the group. The source also said the announcement marks a sudden development within IS, that comes one day after the group officially announced the death of its supreme leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Shortly after the complete liberation of Mosul, the IS militants issued a brief statement in Tel Afar, announcing that all IS departments have started working through alternative headquarters in the town, which indicated the Iraqi forces' victory in Mosul.