Abadi Says Iraq Will Announce Victory against Isis in Tal Afar Soon
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Iraq would announce victory against Islamic State (ISIS) in Tal Afar soon. He reaffirmed that Iraq aims to destroy Daesh not to contain them.
In a news conference held in Baghdad on Tuesday (August 29), Abadi reaffirmed that Iraq aims to destroy ISIS not to contain them.
Abadi also castigated the transfer of ISIS militants to the Iraqi-Syrian borders.
Last Saturday, Iraqi forces raised the national flag in the heart of Tal Afar, ISIS stronghold in the country's northwest, and said they were poised to take full control of the city after a week-long offensive.
Tal Afar is the latest objective in the U.S.-backed war on Islamic State following the recapture in July of Mosul, where it declared its self-proclaimed caliphate over parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014
Iraqi forces battling to retake the small town of al-'Ayadiya where militants fleeing Tal Afar have entrenched themselves, saying on Tuesday the fighting is "multiple times worse" than the battle for Mosul's old city.
Hundreds of battle-hardened fighters were positioned inside most houses and high buildings inside the town, making it difficult for government forces to make any progress, army officers told Reuters.
Iraqi government troops captured the town of Mosul from ISIS in June, but only after eight months of grinding urban warfare.