Battle for Tal Afar: 300+ Daesh Terrorists Slain, 31 Districts Retaken, Official Says
A high-ranking Iraqi military commander said more than 300 Daesh [the Arabic acronym for the Takfiri ‘ISIS/ISIL' group] terrorists were killed and tens of districts liberated ever since the army soldiers and the Popular Mobilization Units, launched a multi-pronged operation to liberate the northern city of Tal Afar.
The spokesman for Iraq's Joint Operations Command [JOC], Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, told a press conference in Baghdad on Thursday that Iraqi soldiers together with fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, commonly known by the Arabic word Hashd al-Sha'abi, and members of the Counter-Terrorism Service [CTS] managed to regain control over 31 districts between August 20 and August 23, Iraqi al-Sumaria TV network reported.
Rasool further noted that the Iraqi forces killed 302 Daesh terrorists, destroyed 33 car bombs, 15 militant positions, 35 underground tunnels and 19 mortar launchers.
The fighters also defused 752 improvised explosive devices and cleared seven booby-trapped houses as well, he said.
The remarks came as the media bureau of the Popular Mobilization Forces [Hashd al-Sha'abi] announced in a statement that volunteer fighters and security forces had wrested complete control over al-Jazeera region east of Tal Afar, located some 63 kilometers west of Mosul.
Separately, the media bureau of Iraq's Badr Organization stated that the pro-government forces liberated Jolaq junction in Tal Afar, and raised the national flag over the Directorate of Education building.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team