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Iraqi army claims fall of Tal Afar

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By Robert Hackwill
Iraqi army claims fall of Tal Afar

<p>Iraqi forces say they have retaken almost all of Tal Afar, <span class="caps">ISIL</span>’s stronghold in the country’s northwest, the Iraqi military said in a statement on Sunday.</p> <p>The city is the last major urban centre remaining under <span class="caps">ISIL</span> control in Iraq.</p> <p>Fighting is ongoing in one small area just outside the city. Iraqi forces are only waiting to retake the city’s surrounding areas to declare a complete victory.</p> <p>Following the recapture in July of Mosul, the road lay open to Tal Afar, and it became the US and Iraqi army’s main objective in their bid to smash <span class="caps">ISIL</span>’s self-proclaimed caliphate over parts of Iraq and Syria, which it seized in 2014.</p>