On September 22, the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) launched a security operation against ISIS cells in the northern countryside of the city of Tal Afar in northwestern Iraq. The field reporter of the PMU media wing said that the villages of Misht al-Khanzir, al-Suayiyah and Tuyuat were cleared as a result of the operation.
“The security operation was launched after receiving information about movements of ISIS elements in these areas,” the PMU’s reporter added.
Earlier, the 53rd Brigade of the PMU carried out a similar security operation to clear several mountains and valleys in the southern Tal Afar countryside. Abu Huraira, commander of the 53rd Brigade, told the PMU media wing that two ISIS fighters were killed and two others were injured in the course of the operation.
The Iraqi military and the PMU liberated the region of Tal Afar last year after a fierce battle with ISIS. Back then, many terrorists managed to escape from the region among displaced civilians. These elements are now trying to reorganize themselves and launch attacks on Iraqi government forces.
Photos of the PMU operations around Tal Afar: