Iraqi military spokesman said government forces are about to take full control of Tal Afar, ISIS’s stronghold in northwestern Iraq.
“Tal Afar city is about to fall completely into the hands of our forces, only five percent remains” under ISIS’s control, a military spokesman told Reuters.
“God willing, the remaining part will be liberated soon,” Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said earlier.
Tal Afar is located on the supply route between Syria and the former ISIS stronghold of Mosul, 80 km to the east.
The quick collapse of ISIS terror group in Tal Afar confirmed Iraqi military reports that the militants lack command and control structures in the areas west of Mosul.
Up to 2,000 militants were believed to be defending Tal Afar when the military campaign to retake the city began on August 20.
Before ISIS took control of the city, it had a population of about 200,000. The liberation of Tal Afar followed the recapture of Mosul after a nine-month campaign that left much of the city in ruins.
The fall of Mosul is considered the end of the self-proclaimed “caliphate” that ISIS leader declared over parts of Syria and Iraq in 2014. Tal Afar was cut off from the rest of ISIS-held territory in June.