Tal Afar

The Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum will not be delayed according to President Masoud Barzani, who reiterated the point in his meeting with UN Secretary General Jan Kubis. As the vote approaches, campaigns are mounting. A joint KDP PUK delegation will also meet with Gorran and the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) in Erbil today to discuss […]

Some of you might have heard or felt the blast last night as an explosion occurred at a Peshmerga weapons depot in Erbil. Officials confirmed the explosion was not terror related and that there were no casualties in the blast. The fire, which was quite large, was quickly put out. Meanwhile, ISIS is on the […]

Iraqi forces have entered the al Jazeera neighborhood in southeast Tal Afar on Tuesday, according to video footage released by Hashd al-Shaabi, claiming clashes are fierce and progress is ongoing. On the other hand, counter-terrorism units have entered the south-western Kifah district, the Iraqi military added. Meanwhile in Erbil, security forces reportedly shut down a […]

Hundreds of ISIS militants killed as a Russian air strike hit a convoy near the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour. Russia’s defence ministry said at least 200 jihadists had died after its air force targeted a convoy of about 20 4x4s, armoured vehicles and tanks. It did not say when the strike took place, […]

The battle for Tal Afar has begun. In a televised speech announcing the offensive overnight, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the jihadists had the choice between “surrender or die.” Iraqi ground forces have begun the operation to retake Tal Afar today. The Turkmen city is the last major city in northwestern Iraq controlled by ISIS. […]

The countdown for Tal Afar begins. Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi forces have liberated over a dozen villages from the Islamic State near Tal Afar as an offensive to free the city approaches. An official statement on the Shia militia’s website on Tuesday announced the fighters had taken full control over 17 villages on the southeastern outskirts […]


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