Iraqi forces killed over 2,000 Daesh militants and more than 50 suicide bombers, during a major offensive to free Tal Afar area in west of Mosul, the Iraqi military said.

“The total casualties in the blitzkrieg during the period from Aug 20 to 31 were more than 2,000 terrorists and over 50 suicide bombers, along with destroying 77 car bombs, 71 booby-trapped buildings and 990 roadside bombs,” Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah, from the Joint Operations Command (JOC), said.

More than 40,000 Iraqi fighters from the Iraqi army, federal police and its commandos, known as Rapid Response forces and Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) forces, in addition to, ten brigades of the paramilitary Hashd Shaabi fighters, participated in the offensive, which was supported by Iraqi and international coalition aircraft, Yarallah said.

Yarallah also said, Iraqi forces sustained 115 martyrs and 679 wounded, during the 12-day battle to liberate Tal Afar and its surrounding areas, including the towns of Mahalabiyah and Ayadhiyah.

The troops evacuated a total of 40,758 people from the city of Tal Afar and surrounding areas, before and during the offensive, 18,822 before Aug 20 and 21,936 others during the 12-day offensive, Yarallah said.

The Tal Afar area is about 3,206 square km, which consists of the city of Tal Afar and three towns: Zummar, which is under control of the Kurdish security forces, Mahalabiyah and Ayadhiyah, which were freed from the militants during the offensive.

The whole Tal Afar area consists of 47 villages scattered around the city and its three towns.

The majority of the population in the Tal Afar area are Sunni and Shiite Turkomans, in addition to the Kurds and other minorities.

“The joy of victory has been completed and the entire province of Nineveh has become in the hands of our heroic forces,” Abadi said.

The PM also vowed to defeat the Daesh group all over Iraq, saying, “Wherever you are, we are coming for liberation, and you have no choice but to die or surrender.”

Source: NAM News Network

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