Shia’s militias seem like getting ready to storm Tal Afar regardless of warnings. Even when they permit common military forces to enter first, they’ll doubtless enter the town as nicely. The nice concern is that they’ll unleash revenge on harmless Sunnis, simply as they’ve been accused of doing repeatedly in different cities they’ve liberated. One other concern is that Turkey will contain itself, as promised, to guard the Turkmen minority group that resides in Tal Afar.
The militias have, to date, captured the airport, which they renamed, and different areas outdoors of the town itself. A trucker stated that he noticed burning vehicles on the adjoining freeway as he carried what he anticipated can be his final load of produce between Mosul and Raqqa, Syria.
Iraqi troops captured Salamiyah and entered Umarkan. Additionally freed have been Hamirah and Tawatinat al-Jadida, and highways close to Hamdaniya; and the Mosul neighborhoods of Abbasiyah, Orta Kharab, and Salam.
Over 68,000 folks are actually estimated to be displaced by the preventing within the Mosul theater. This doesn’t embrace kidnapping victims getting used as human shields by the militants.
Not less than 18 folks have been killed and eight have been wounded:
In Baghdad, shelling left two useless and 4 wounded in Nahrawan. Militants killed one militiaman and wounded one other at a Rashid checkpoint.
A bomb on a Sadr Metropolis bus wounded three civilians.
Fifteen militants have been killed in an airstrike close to Tal Afar.