The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have launched a security operation in order to clear villages in the area between the Mosul-Baghad highway and Tal Abta in the area west of Mosul.
Local sources link this move with the upcoming operation of the PMU and the Iraqi Army to liberate the ISIS stronghold of Tal Afar in northern Iraq.
The Tal Afar area was besieged by the PMU during the battle for Mosul, but Iraqi forces didn’t storm it. Now, Tal Afar poses a security threat to civilians and security forces in the recenty liberated city of Mosul. The liberation of tal Afar will be an important step in securing whole northern Iraq from the terrorist threat.