Iraqi forces advance towards ISIS’s last stronghold in Tal Afar

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The spokesman of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya al-Zubaidi, said Iraqi army troops began advancing towards Ayadieh which is the last ISIS stronghold in Tal Afar.

Zubaidi said Ayadieh has been fully besieged, adding that the air force has struck ISIS targets in it.

Iraq’s Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday that Iraqi forces recovered 95 percent of Tal Afar from ISIS, the militant group’s stronghold in the country’s northwest. Iraqi forces await recovering Ayadieh before declaring complete victory over ISIS.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia congratulated Iraq for the government forces’ consecutive victories against ISIS and for recovering Tal Afar.

A Saudi foreign ministry source reiterated Saudi Arabia’s support of the Iraqi government’s efforts to combat and eliminate terrorism and extremism.

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