Iraq army retakes most parts of Tal Afar: Reports
Iran Press TV
Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:48PM GMT
The Iraqi army has retaken control of most districts in a strategic city in Nineveh province, local media reports say.
According to the reports on Monday, the Iraqi army managed to regain control of most parts of the city of Tal Afar. This comes while throughout the day there were contradictory reports about who controls Tal Afar which sits on a main highway linking Nineveh province to Syria.
The army also released footage of air raids against militant positions and hideouts in Salahuddin and Nineveh provinces. According to the army, the strikes have been effective and successful.
According to some reports earlier in the day, militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took Tal Afar on Sunday morning.
Iraqi security sources have categorically denied reports that the city has fallen to the militants.
Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups such as the so-called ISIL have been behind many of the deadly bomb attacks targeting both civilians and government institutions across Iraq in recent years.
On June 10, the ISIL militants took control of Mosul, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital Baghdad. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced out of their homes since then.
The ISIL militants have vowed to continue their raid toward Baghdad.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has blamed Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country, denouncing the Al Saud regime as a major supporter of global terrorism.
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