Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced a full liberation of the Tal Afar area in northern Iraq as well as the Iraqi province of Nineveh from ISIS terorirsts, Sky News Arabia reported on Thursday.
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On Wednesday, the Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units liberated -Ayadia town north of the recently liberated city of Tal Afar and further advanced in the rest of the area controlled by ISIS: the villages of al-Salehiyah and Qubq as well as the Kasik military base.
Following this success, reports appeared that the Iraqi military was preparing to declare the victory in the battle for Tal Afar and to start planning an operation to liberate Hawija southwest of Kirkuk.
However, al-Abadi’s statement still has to be confirmed by photos or videos from the ground.
Meanwhile, reports appeared that over 90 ISIS members were killed as a result of the Iraqi Air Force’s airstrikes on the terrorst group’s positions in the area of Qaim in the province of Anbar.
ISIS controls the towns of Qaim, Rawa and Anna in western Anbar. These areas will likely become a target of government forces operations after the liberation of Tal Afar.