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Iraqi forces retake most of Tal Afar from Islamic State - military
August 27, 2017 / 9:59 AM / 25 days ago

Iraqi forces retake most of Tal Afar from Islamic State - military

BAGHDAD, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Iraqi forces have retaken almost all of Tal Afar, Islamic State’s stronghold in the country’s northwest, the Iraqi military said in a statement on Sunday.

Fighting was ongoing in al-‘Ayadiya, a small area just outside the city. Iraqi forces were waiting to retake the city’s surrounding areas to declare a complete victory.

Tal Afar was the latest objective in the U.S.-backed war on the jihadist group following the recapture in July of Mosul, where it declared its self-proclaimed caliphate over parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014. (Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Editing by Mark Potter)

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