Iraqi Forces Recapture Villages from IS Near Tel Afar

Iraqi forces recaptured several more villages from the Islamic State (IS) in the surrounding areas of Tel Afar, located west of Mosul, Iraqi military source said on Tuesday.

Jabbar Hassan, Iraqi Army officer, told Anadolu Agency that troops from the Iraqi Army's 15th Infantry Division have recaptured the villages of Tel Khima Minor, Musheiqra al-Uliya, Musheiqra al-Sufla, Abu Kaddur and Al-Baghla and Al-Buwair. He added that the operation aims to step up the pressure on the IS militants in the town of Tel Afar, and limit their movement in the surrounding areas.

The IS captured the town of Tel Afar back in 2014, when the extremist group first emerged in Iraq, forcing hundreds of thousands of local residents to flee the area, leaving their homes behind.

However, the Iraqi forces continue their wide-range campaign against the IS insurgents in Iraq, as part of the ongoing military operation, which was launched by the Iraqi government back in October, 2016.