Special units of Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi popular forces) killed several ISIL commanders in a high-risk operation in Nineveh province.

The Hashd al-Shaabi special units monitored the ISIL leaders' moves in the Western parts of Tal Afar city after several weeks of intelligence operations and killed them in surprise attacks.

They infiltrated the terrorists' hideouts in the North of al-Sharia village and killed the ISIL commanders without being noticed.

They could safely leave the terrorists' den after their successful operations.

A senior commander of the Iraqi volunteer forces disclosed on Sunday that the ISIL's supply routes are being disconnected one after another from the West of the city of Mosul to the Syrian border.

"The Iraqi joint military forces are planning to cut all the supply routes of the ISIL terrorist group from the Western flank of Mosul towards Syria's border regions where Tal Afar region plays a strategic role," Mohammad al-Basri told FNA.

He reiterated that the ISIL has been surprised by Hashd al-Shaabi's military operations in Western Mosul.

"The Iraqi volunteer forces has started its operation to win back villages and towns located in the Northern part of Tal Afar airport and advance towards Iraq-Syria border after seizing back Tal Abta Westward of Tal Afar," al-Basri added.