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Iraqi army starts operations to retake ISIS-held Tal Afar

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Spokesman for Iraqi Defense Ministry said Monday an offensive to recapture Tal Afar has started. 

Mohamed al-Khodary said Iraqi warplanes had carried out a series of airstrikes against ISIS targets in the city. 

The battle for Tal Afar comes days after Iraqi army backed by US-led international coalition, Kurdish paramilitaries  and sectarian militias liberated Mosul from ISIS. 


Mosul remained a stronghold for the terror group for nearly three years. 

US Col. Pat Work, commander of the 82nd Airborne’s Task Force Falcon, said that a period of transition was underway. 

"Transitions are hard, and it’s a lot of work that remains. And we’re helping [Iraqi forces] through [this transition] right now,” he said in statements to The Washington Times. 
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