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Surrender or Die: Iraqi Jets Drop Leaflets in Daesh-Held Areas Amid Tal Afar Op

Sputnik News

20:45 21.08.2017(updated 22:32 21.08.2017)

Iraqi Air Force planes have dropped leaflets containing calls to surrender over a number of settlements controlled by Daesh amid a new operation to retake the terrorist group's stronghold of Tal Afar.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Sunday, the Iraqi prime minister announced the beginning of the operation to free Tal Afar.

"Air Force jets dropped hundreds of thousands of leaflets over Hawija, Al-Qaim, Rawah, Anah and Akashat districts. The leaflets contained news on the Iraqi army's successes and Daesh losses, as well as a warning that all militants will either surrender or die," the press service said in a statement.

The Hawija district is located in the Kirkuk province, north of Baghdad, while Al-Qaim, Rawah, Anah and Akashat are located in the western Anbar province.

Previously, Iraqi officials had not verified publicly that the operation had launched, though Kurdish news agency Rudaw reported in the first week of August that it mission has already commenced.

Earlier on Monday, the Iraqi army seized control over the road between Mosul and Daesh-held Tal Afar.

Prior to the launch of the operation, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said that it believes that Tal Afar liberation will be "easier" than the Mosul campaign.


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