Key words: Iraq, ISIS, Syria
By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai
The northern Iraqi city of TalAfar, in Nineveh province, west of Mosul and close to the Syrian border, has been liberated from the “Islamic State” group (ISIS) in less than eight days. This fast defeat of ISIS is a clear indication that the Iraqi security forces have become sufficiently experienced in battling the terrorist group and have become knowledgeable in its fighting style. Moreover, it also indicates that most of the ISIS fighters and leadership had left the city before the battle of Mosul began (and during the battle), knowing that their turn would come. TalAfar had also supplied Mosul with many fighters during the biggest battle, in the (miscalculated) hope that the city itself, al-Hadbaa’ (Mosul) would not fall.
ISIS’s territory in Iraq is reduced to less than 25%, with…
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