Earlier today, a significant number of jihadist combattants attempted to break free of the Mosul siege in a last-ditch effort to link up with the Islamic State mainland by attacking government-held positions west of Tal Afar near Tal Shababit in Nineveh province.
Unfortunately for the advancing ISIS unit, their forces were met by an entrenched contingent of seasoned Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) that stopped the attack in its tracks.
Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces foiled an Islamic State assault on Tal Shababit earlier today… It's located west of Tal Afar pic.twitter.com/blR50kWhRc
— Chris Tomson (@TheDaneChris) February 23, 2017
Subsequently, thousands of ISIS fighters still remain bogged down around Mosul and Tal Afar.