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The announcement on Tal Afar
came a day after Jordan and Iraq reopened their only border crossing after a two-year closure.
was captured by the extremists on June 16, 2014, after a two-day battle and it was used as a supply route between Syria and the former ISIS stronghold of Mosul.
is a town located in around 43 miles west of Mosul which was the center of all activities of ISIS, according to (https://www.yahoo.com/news/iraq-begins-battle-retake-tal-afar-bastion-near-015620038.html) reports .
A planned ground offensive on Tel Afar
had not begun, he added.
"RSADO is strongly outraged by the series of deliberate deadly aerial attacks on a Red Sea Afar
civilian fishing Boat inside Eritrean territorial water by UAE Forces stationed in Assab-Dankalia Region in Eritrea," the group said
Cutting the western road to Tal Afar
would seal off Mosul as the city is already surrounded to the north, south and east by Iraqi government and Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
More than 10,000 Turkmens who left their homes in Tal Afar
in northwestern Iraq have been living near the control point in Kalak, as the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) does not allow Turkmens to enter the autonomous region on the grounds that their presence might lead to a social crisis in the region, and the refugee camp of 3,000 people near the checkpoint has already exceeded its capacity.
State and pan-Arab television channels cited security officials as saying a fight for Tal Afar
, a city with a largely Shiite and ethnic Turkmen population, was imminent.
SUNNI militants captured the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar
yesterday, its mayor and residents said, the latest blow to the nation's Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swathe of territory in the country's north.
people are Sunni Muslims who number about 1,500,000 spread throughout Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Djibouti.