"Units of the Counter-Terrorism Service liberated the Citadel and Basatin districts and raised the Iraqi flag on top of the citadel", operation commander General Abdulamir Yarallah.
Smoke rises during clashes between joint troops of the Iraqi army and the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd al-Sha'abi) against Daesh terrorists in Tal Afar, Iraq, on August 26, 2017.
Iraqi forces, backed by the US -led coalition, launched fresh military operations on Sunday aimed at decisively wresting Tal Afar from IS.
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In the early hours of Sunday morning, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the commencement of operations by security forces to retake Tal Afar, which has a large Turkmen population as well as Arabs and Kurds.
Iraqi forces have broken through ISIL's defences inside the northern city of Tal Afar and reached the city centre, a major gain in the battle for the armed group's last urban stronghold. On Tuesday, the United Nations refugee agency said those who had fled were suffering from dehydration and exhaustion, having lived off unclean water and bread for three to four months.
IS is also present in the vast western province of Anbar, where it controls several zones along the Syrian border with war-ravaged Syria, including the Al-Qaim area. Thousands of civilians are estimated to have been killed in the nine-month fight.
"God willing, the remaining part will be liberated soon", he said during a news conference on Saturday with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Defense Minister Florence Parly in Baghdad.