On August 31, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the city of Tal Afar
and the entire Nineveh province had been purged of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.
We emphasize that, as a country which opened its doors to tens of thousands of people from Tal Afar
who escaped from DEASH, Turkey will continue to stand by the people of Tal Afar
in the post-DEASH period.
Iraqi troops "eliminated and smashed" the militant group in Al-Ayadia district, northwest of Tal Afar
, where they had fled last week, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement.
All 29 neighbourhoods in Tal Afar
have been taken back from the jihadist group after eight days of fighting, the military said in a statement.
, which was home to about 200,000 people, had been under Daesh control since 2014.
After just eight days of fighting, all 29 neighborhoods in Tal Afar
city had been taken back from the terrorist group, the military said in a statement on Sunday.
A military spokesman said: "Tal Afar
city is about to fall completely into the hands of our forces.
Before the Prime Ministers speech, leaflets with the words "The battle is imminent and the victory is coming, God willing" were dropped in Tal Afar
by Iraqi air force.
An Iraqi aerial offensive on the western city of Tal Afar
, which remains under the control of the Islamic State militia, is currently underway, a military official said Tuesday.
The group, Red Sea Afar
Democratic Organization (RSADO) alleged that at least one was killed and seven others were wounded during recent air strikes by the UAE planes taking off from the Eritrea's port city of Assab in the Danakalia region.
Air Base: Convoys of military vehicles loaded with paramilitary fighters hurtled across desert terrain in northwestern Iraq towards the IS-held city of Tal Afar
, chanting slogans and covering their faces to keep out the dust.
Six weeks into the US-backed offensive on Mosul, Islamic State is fighting in the area of Tal Afar
, 60km to the west, against a coalition of Iranian-backed groups known as Popular Mobilisation.