Tal Afar Liberation Plan: a gradual closure of 3 axes and shelling of the warehouses

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Tal Afar Liberation Plan: a gradual closure of 3 axes and shelling of the warehouses

Post  Admin on Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:19 am

 Baghdad / Range

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) announced the end of the operations of the "Yanuyen" officially after more than a month after the liberation of the city of Mosul.

A statement issued by the Military Information Cell said that "the process of liberating Tal Afar was called (coming) Tal Afar."

The security forces and the Popular Rally for the Liberation of Tal Afar west of Mosul are preparing with the arrival of military reinforcements on the outskirts of the judiciary.

Tall Afar has been a stronghold for a long time for elements of the al-Daqash organization, located 80 kilometers west of Mosul. The city was isolated from the rest of the areas controlled by the Dahedash organization. The city is surrounded by the armed forces.

In the meantime, the information cell called on the people of Tal Afar and nearby areas to listen to local radio to follow up the upcoming liberation process.

"We call upon all citizens in the areas of (Al-Mahalibiya, Ayadiyah, Al-Kask, Tal Afar city center, villages and surrounding areas) to listen to the private radio on FM 104.5 to listen to their recommendations and programs," the statement said.

The statement said that "all citizens can communicate through the free line of messages 195, which is working 24 hours on all networks to receive questions and inquiries and receive information."

In the meantime, the second brigade of the Popular Rally of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) withdrew on the line of contact to spend Tal Afar in preparation for the liberation process.

"Today, great preparations have begun from the popular crowd, the federal police, the army and the counterterrorism apparatus," the crowd's information department said in a statement.

"The second brigade forces are now on the line of contact to spend Talaafar west of Mosul to fight the liberation."

"There is a high level of coordination with the Air Force and the forces involved in the operations, and the crowd will have a significant role in the operations to restore the Tal Afar district," he said. "The crowd has developed a lot in all military areas. "He said.

Iraqi military commanders confirmed that the joint forces moved to locations around the city of Tal Afar to defeat a hasty organization, five weeks after restoring control of Mosul.

US and Iraqi military commanders estimate that some 2,000 terrorists are still in the city. They are expected to engage in fierce fighting, although intelligence from within the city indicates they have been drained of battles, aerial bombardment and lack of supplies for months. For weeks, thousands of civilians from Tal Afar and surrounding villages have fled in the dark, but several thousand are estimated to have been killed by death threats from insurgents who have tightened their grip on the city since 2014.

"Thousands of soldiers stand ready on the front waiting for the orders of Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi to start the offensive," Iraqi Chief of Staff Gen. Osman al-Ghanmi said this week.

Iraqi commanders told Reuters that "the forces deployed around Tal Afar are mainly the Iraqi army, the federal police forces and the counter-terrorism forces.

They were likely to include units of the Popular Forces in the battle as well as volunteers from Tal Afar fighting in the ranks of the government forces.

Joint operations spokesman Brigadier General Yehia Rasool said Iraqi forces had already launched air strikes aimed at exhausting the militants and depleting their capabilities.
The targets, hit by the coalition on Friday, included weapons depots and command posts in preparation for a ground offensive.

The battle plan includes the gradual encirclement of Iraqi forces on the city from three sides - east, west and south - under cover of air strikes and artillery.

"The battle of Tal Afar will be relatively easy," Maj. Gen. Najem al-Jubouri, an Iraqi army commander, told Reuters last month. He estimated that "there are less than 2,000 militants and their families in the city but they are exhausted" and their morale is in the bottom.

Residents who left Tal Afar last week said insurgents appeared exhausted. "They use tunnels to move from place to place to avoid air strikes ... Their faces looked desperate and broken," said Haj Mahmoud, a 60-year-old retired teacher.

But Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the US-led coalition, said: "We expect it to be a tough battle."

"Intelligence shows that the remaining fighters are mostly foreigners, Arabs and their families," said Col. Karim Lami of the Iraqi Army's 9th Division. "That means they will fight until the last breath."

But Lami added that the city's flat land and wide streets would allow tanks and armored vehicles to pass smoothly, noting that one part of Tal Afar, the Saray district, resembled the old city of Mosul, where Iraqi forces were forced to walk in alleys from house to house in a battle that resulted in Almost total destruction of the archaeological area.

"They are preparing for a guerrilla war after the lessons they learned in western Mosul," said Lt. Col. Salah Abdul Abbas of the 16th Infantry Division.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations, estimated that between 10 and 40,000 people remained in Tal Afar and surrounding villages. On Sunday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) carried out 2,760 evacuees from Tal Afar and surrounding areas before sending them to displaced camps.



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