Baghdad, August 29: At least 200 Islamic State terrorists were killed in the southwestern direction of Tal Afar while 200 others were arrested by the Iraqi troops who were hiding among the displaced civilians in the northwest region. Notably, Iraqi troops backed by US forces have liberated 90% of the strategic Tal Afar region of Iraq.
The Joint Operations Command of Iraqi troops announced that more than 200 Islamic State terrorists were killed in the southwestern direction of Tal Afar, which was handled by the army’s Counter-Terrorism Service. While 200 IS terrorists were arrested by Kurdish Peshmerga troops who were hiding among the displaced civilians in the northwest of Tal Afar.
In as statement, the Joint Operations Command said, “217 militants and eight snipers were wounded. Twenty-one booby-trapped vehicle was destroyed, while three others were defused. 105 explosives and fifteen booby-trapped houses were defused. Six tunnels were filled. Several weapons, telecommunications devices and vehicles were seized.”
The statement also said that Iraqi troops launched an attack against Aiyadhiya region, which resulted in fierce clashes against IS terrorists. “While checking identities of the fleeing civilians, around 200 IS terrorists were arrested,” the statement added. The statement also noted that up to 2000 Islamic State fighters are believed to remain in Tal Afar.
Minister Jassem al-Jaff said around 10,000 civilians were displaced from Tal Afar town in two weeks after Iraqi PM Haidar al-Abadi announced in a televised speech on August 20 the beginning of offensive to recapture Tal Afar, which has been held by the IS since 2014, when the extremist group first emerged to proclaim its self-styled ‘caliphate’.
However, this came after 40 days of declaring victory in Mosul, the group’s former capital, where operations lasted from October to July. Meanwhile, the United Nations said more than 30.000 were displaced as operations launched for the enclave.