MOSUL — Iraqi army managed to enter the second neighborhood of central Tal Afar city, 70 km north-west of Mosul, after it cleared the first neighborhood from Islamic State (IS) militants on Monday, according to a military source.
The troops from the 9th Armored Division and the Hashd al-Shaabi managed to liberate al-Khazraa neighborhood in Tal Afar city on Tuesday, Captain Zaher Ali from the Armored Division told BasNews. He added that intermittent clashes are still continuing with some IS pockets remaining in the area.
The Iraqi forces managed to kill three suicide bombers before targeting the Iraqi forces, and capture 12 militants after they were surrounded by the security forces, said Captain Ali.
He noted "the military forces opened safe corridors for the people of the neighborhood to get out and reach the army forces."
Sources in the Nineveh Operations Command confirmed on Monday afternoon that the anti-terrorist forces had penetrated into the first neighborhood of Tal Afar.
Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi announced the start of Tal Afar assault on Sunday, aiming at liberating the city from the IS organization which has been controlling the city since 2014.