Iraqis flee ISIS-held town as troops push to outskirts

Iraqis flee ISIS-held town as troops push to outskirts

"ISIS is on the run", Mattis said after meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other Iraqi government leaders.

Warning of harassment, revenge attacks and abuse of civilians displaced from the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar, United Nations refugee and migration agencies on Tuesdaycalled for people trying to flee the city ahead of military operations to have safe passage.

He was dressed in a black uniform of the type worn by Iraqi special forces.
Mr al-Abadi said his message to IS was: "You either surrender or die".

Tal Afar, located 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Mosul in Iraq's far north, has been considered as a longtime stronghold of hardline Sunni Muslim insurgents, according to Reuters.

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According to the USA -led coalition, approximately 10,000-50,000 civilians remain in and around Tal Afar.

Iraqi government forces, backed by allied fighters from Popular Mobilization Units, have managed to establish full control over three districts of Tal Afar as they are trying to flush Daesh Takfiri militants out of the northern city in a multi-pronged operation.

Almost a million people remain displaced by the campaign to retake Mosul. "They are arriving exhausted and dehydrated", said Grande.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, describes the situation inside Tal Afar as "very tough", where food and water are running out and people lack the basic necessities.

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The visit comes as the Iraqi armed forces are trying to retake the city of Tal Afar which was seized by the Islamic State terror group in 2014.

"Cities have been liberated, people freed from ISIS, from Daesh", Mattis said, using alternative names for IS.

UNHCR, the UN's refugee agency also said it had received some 9,000 people at the Hamman al-Alil transit centre in the past week, and it was preparing to accommodate almost 30,000 more.

Mattis said that despite taking heavy casualties during the nine-month siege of Mosul, Iraqi forces had gained confidence from their victory and were seeking to speed up counter-IS operations.

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But Mattis said he is still awaiting a detailed plan from Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for how to implement the strategy that President Trump announced Monday night.

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