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The PMU media wing announced that Iraqi forces have liberated the following area in Tal Afar so far:
- West of Tal Afar: A’abrah Kabira, A’abrah Saqirah, Tal al-Qassban, al-Najar, Hanash, Qazel Qew and Kasser Mehrab villages;
- East of Tal Afar: Tal Simbak, Btaishah, al-Alam, Khfajah, Halabiah al-Awliah and Mrazif villages;
- The PMU also captured four strategic hills in the Zambar Mountains and a western gate of Tal Afar.
The PMU media wing also announced that Iraqi forces have killed 31 ISIS fighters while Iraqi warplanes have destroyed 9 VBIEDs of ISIS. Iraqi forces have also destroyed 4 mortar positions of ISIS.
Moreover, military engineers of the Iraqi Army and the PMU started clearing the liberated areas from IEDs and mines left behind by ISIS fighters.
The ISIS-linked Amaq news agency claimed that 14 vehicles of the PMU were destroyed with 2 VBIEDs attacks by ISIS near al-Jabarah village west of Tal Afar on Sunday.
If the Iraqi forces continues to advance at this rate, than Tal Afar operation might end within few weeks.