Iraqi Army, soldier with Zastava M72 LMG, 2nd Battle of Fallujah, by LCpl JA Chaverri, USMC (2004)

Over 300 ISIS Fighters Killed in Battle for Tal Afar

Iraqi Security Forces Driving Back ISIS to Retake Northern Iraq City

The Iraqi military claims that more than 300 Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh) fighters have been killed and tens of districts recaptured since the Tal Afar Offensive was launched on August 20.

Battle for Tal Afar

Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, the spokesman for Iraq’s Joint Operations Command (JOC),told a press conference in Baghdad on Thursday, August 24, that Iraqi soldiers and fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd al-Sha’abi), together with members of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) successfully regained control over 31 districts between August 20 and August 23, reported local TV network Iraqi al-Sumaria, according to Alahed News.

Brig. Rasool gave further details that the Iraqi forces had killed 302 ISIS terrorists and destroyed 33 car bombs, 15 ISIS 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 media bureau of Iraq’s Badr Organization¬† also stated that pro-government forces had liberated Jolaq junction in Tal Afar, and raised the national flag over the Directorate of Education building.

PMU Take al-Jazeera Region

The remarks came as the media bureau of the Popular Mobilization Units (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.

Image: Iraqi Army, soldier with Zastava M72 LMG, 2nd Battle of Fallujah, by LCpl JA Chaverri, USMC (2004).

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