In this critical period, Turkey is ready to help the Government of Iraq and the people of Tal Afar
by all available means.
The announcement on Tal Afar
came a day after Jordan and Iraq reopened their only border crossing after a two-year closure.
After the Mosul was liberated, there were concerns that ISIS fighters and violence could return to the city due to the existence of sleeper cells and Tal Afar
was the last city still under the control of the ISIS militants.
While Tal Afar
town is smaller than Mosul, it is believed there are around 1,000 ISIS militants and they would give a tough battle to the forces,(https://www.
RSADO is gravely concerned about UAE's disproportionate airstrike against, already vulnerable, Afar
civilians and civilian properties since UAE Military Forces stationed in the Assab Town of Dankalia Afar
The road to Tal Afar
is no longer safe, said a truck driver who used it two days ago to bring in fruit and vegetables from Raqqa, Islamic State's Syrian stronghold.
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.
The ethnic mix of Tal Afar
, 260 miles (420km) north-west of Baghdad, raises the grim spectre of large-scale atrocities by Sunni militants of the al Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Isil, who already claim to have killed hundreds of Shiites in areas they captured last week.
As typical nomads, the Afar
owe allegiance to no particular country and have had numerous clashes with almost every state they occupy who have tried to impose their way of life upon them.
To those who live there, east Africa's Afar
region is "the place the devil plows.
ISTANBUL, Feb 28, 2011 (TUR) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Saturday met with leaders of Iraq's Turkmen population from Tal Afar
who launched a peace initiative to end a long-standing feud between the city's Shiite and Sunni Turkmen groups.