Iraqi forces close in on IS-held town west of Mosul
Iraqi forces made significant progress as they closed in on the Islamic State-held town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, the US-led coalition and an Iraqi military spokesman said Monday.


US Army Col. Ryan Dillon, a coalition spokesman, told The Associated Press that Iraqi forces have retaken some 250 square kilometers (95 square miles) from the extremist group since the operation began early Sunday, though they have not yet pushed into the town itself.


"As we get into the urban areas—as we saw in Mosul and Raqqa—that's where we'll see the pace slow down, that's where (IS) have placed their defenses," he said.


First published: 08.21.17, 17:43