The Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have started deploying forces for the widely-expected advance on the ISIS stronghold of Tal Afar in northern Iraq.
According to the Iraqi Defense Ministry, the PMU, backed up by warplanes and attack helicotpers, will actively participate in the operation.
The army has been also re-deploying forces to the area of Tal Afar from the recently liberated city of Mosul.
Tal Afarl is the last remaining major ISIS stronghold west of Mosul. If it falls, the ISIS will remain in control of only a part of the border area with Syria.