Iraqi forces are waiting for a zero hour to start the battle for the important northern city of Tal Afar controlled by ISIS.
According to the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC), the ground operation will take place after preemptive artillery and air bombardment of the ISIS-held area.
The JOC also denied that the operation had started and said that Iraqi forces were awaiting the order from Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi.
Earlier today, some media outlets that the Iraqi Army, Fedral Police and the Popular Mobilization Units started the operation to liberate Tal Afar from ISIS. These reports appeared to be untrue.
A video from the PMU positions near Tal Afar:
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Meanwhile, Irqi forces continued deploying reinforcements strengthening the striking force that will particiapte in the operation.