Alwaght- Iraqi forces have managed to retake two villages and an oil refinery in the ISIS-held city of Tal Afar, in a bid to purge the terrorist group from al-Anbar Province's second largest city.
The commander of the Tal Afar Liberation Operation said in a brief statement on Tuesday that Iraqi forces had liberated the al-Kask oil refinery from the control of ISIS, Iraq’s al-Sumaria news website reported.
Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Yarallah further said the villages of Tishtia and Tal al-Samn had been cleared of the Takfiri terrorists.
A day earlier, Iraqi government forces had managed to retake five villages near Tal Afar. Members of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) liberated the villages of Tal Rahal, Jabbara, Hussein Idris, Mullah, and Majid southwest of the city, which is located 63 kilometers west of Mosul, on Monday.
On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the commencement of the major offensive to liberate Tal Afar from ISIS.
ISIS occupied Tal Afar, which has a population of around 200,000, in 2014. According to Major General Najim Abdullah al-Jubouri , Commander of Mosul Offensive, there are an estimated of 1500-2000 ISIS terrorists holed up in Tal Afar.