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Iraqi Forces Seize Tal Afar From Islamic State

27 Aug 2017 11:12 am
By Ali A. Nabhan 

ERBIL, Iraq -- Iraqi forces have driven Islamic State from the symbolic town of Tal Afar, the Iraqi military said Sunday, clearing one of the extremist group's few remaining strongholds in the country.

Operations continued against the militants in a handful of surrounding villages, the military's statement said.

The announcement comes just one week into the battle for Tal Afar, which once served as a way station between the group's de facto capitals Mosul and Raqqa.

Army officials said Saturday night that they were nearly in full control of Tal Afar's historic center, moving toward the northern neighborhoods still held by Islamic State.

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

August 27, 2017 07:12 ET (11:12 GMT)

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