Iraqi Jets Pound Is Bastion Ahead Of Planned Ground Assault

Iraqi warplanes have reportedly carried out air strikes against Islamic State group positions in Tal Afar in preparation for a ground assault to retake the town near the Syrian border.

The spokesman, Yahiya Rassul, said that although the main offensive to retake Tal Afar had not yet begun, the air force was pounding jihadist positions in the town.

Plans to retake Tal Afar were announced by federal police chief Lieutenant General Raed Shakir Jawdat, who said “armoured and elite units” were headed for the town.

Tal Afar is the main remaining IS stronghold in northern Iraq, after the capture by Iraqi forces in July of second city Mosul further east in a major blow to the jihadists.

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