Iraqi forces make fresh gains in Tal Afar offensive

An Iraqi soldier flashes the V-sign as troops advance through Tal Afar's Al-Wahda district during an operation to retake the city from Daesh. (AFP)
Updated 24 August 2017

Iraqi forces make fresh gains in Tal Afar offensive

IRBIL: Iraqi forces made further gains in their offensive to dislodge Daesh from Tal Afar, seizing five more villages on the eastern and southern outskirts of the city, the military said on Thursday.
In the fifth day of their onslaught, Iraqi forces continued to encircle terrorists holding out in the city in far northwestern Iraq close to the Syrian border, according to statements from the Iraqi joint operations command.
Within the city limits, Iraqi forces captured three more neighborhoods — Al-Nour and Al-Mo’allameen in the east and Al-Wahda in the west, taking over several strategic buildings in the process.
The advances were the latest in the campaign to rout the militants from one of their last remaining strongholds in Iraq, three years after they seized wide swathes of the north and west in a shock offensive. On Tuesday, the army and counter-terrorism units broke into Tal Afar from the east and south.
The main forces taking part in the offensive are the Iraqi army, air force, Federal Police, the elite US-trained Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) and some units from the Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) that began encircling the city on Sunday.
About three quarters of Tal Afar remains under militant control including the Ottoman-era citadel at its center, according to an operational map published by the Iraqi military.
Sailors’ bodies recovered
The bodies of 20 Iraqi sailors have been recovered after their ship sank following a collision off the country’s southern coast, the Transport Ministry said.
The Al-Misbar sank in Iraqi waters on Saturday following the collision with a foreign-flagged vessel, after which eight sailors were rescued and the bodies of four others found.
The ministry said in a statement that 16 more bodies were found when the ship was raised on Thursday.
Iraqi authorities have ordered the foreign vessel impounded following the collision, which took place in the Khor Abdullah maritime canal between Iraq and Kuwait.


Yemeni Army regains control of Tal Al-Khadr in Taiz

The army went through clashes with the Iranian-backed Houthi in the area which resulted in three deaths and 10 injuries to the militia. (File/AFP)
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Yemeni Army regains control of Tal Al-Khadr in Taiz

  • Two civilians were killed and wounded from an explosive device planted by the Houthis in southern Hodeidah

DUBAI: The Yemeni army regained Tal Al-Khadr in Yemen’s Taiz province, the country’s national military website SeptemberNet reported on Monday.

The army went through clashes with the Iranian-backed Houthi in the area which resulted in three deaths and 10 injuries to the militia.

Meanwhile, two civilians were killed and wounded from an explosive device planted by the Houthis in southern Hodeidah, state news agency SPA reported.

“An explosive device blasted in a medium sized truck which led to the death of its driver and wounding of the civilian sitting beside him,” a local Yemeni source said.