The Popular Mobilization Units will begin a blockade on ISIS-held Tal Afar, to Mosul’s west, as part of its fourth phase to liberate the city, the militias spokesperson, Abdu Ghani al-Assadi, told IBN news.
“As the Tal Afar airport was completely purged, as well as a number of villages located between the precinct and the airport, security forces are preparing for the fourth phase of western Mosul liberation,” he stated.
“The troops are 4500 meters away from the administrative borders of northern Tal Afar,” Assadi said, adding that his militia’s role would be to “consummate a blockade on Tal Afar to isolate it from external supply routes preparing for its invasion by the forces assigned for that mission.”
“The liberation of Tal Afar will be carried out by the army, federal police and local mobilization units consisted of the town’s people,” Assadi said.
The liberation of Tal Afar is essential to blocking any ISIS escape from Mosul to Syria.