Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants set oil wells on fire to hinder military jets reach targets, according to the pro-government paramilitary troops.
In a statement on Monday, the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said IS members set several oil wells in Tal Afar on fire in attempt to prevent Iraqi fighter jets from reaching their targets.”
Earlier on Monday, Lt.Gen. Shaker Jawdat, chief of Federal Police, said twenty IS militants were killed as troops advanced through regions in west of Tal Afar and gained control on the militant group’s tunnel network that stretches along 250 kilometers and was used for training. Many villages in the town were recaptured.
Iraqi troops resumed their advance on the second day of operations to liberate Tal Afar town, after Iraqi PM Haidar al-Abadi announced on Sunday in a televised speech the beginning of offensive to recapture the town, one of the important strongholds still held by IS in Nineveh, which has been held by the militants since 2014, when the extremist group first emerged to proclaim its self-styled ‘caliphate’.
More than 1400 Islamic State militants with Arab and foreign nationalities are estimated to be in Tal Afar town Brig.Gen. Yehia Rasool, the military spokesperson, said in remarks.