ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) is now suffering from increasing internal conflicts between its militants. As the most recent incident, dozens of insurgents participated in armed clashes in Tel Affar (some 65 kilometres west of Mosul).
Citing local sources, several Iraqi media outlets reported shootings and grenade blasts in one of the IS headquarters in the city.
The number of possible casualties is not know yet, but the group’s leadership has reportedly imposed a curfew on the town to bring the situation under control.
Tel Afar, is considered a strategic town still under the control of IS. It fell into the hands of the jihadist group in early 2014.
The Iraqi army is now preparing for a massive operation to liberate the city, with the coalition forces said to have been deployed to a nearby location as part of the operation.