According to Shiite militia groups in Iraq launched an attack against the militants of the Islamic state,
west of Mosul, as an offensive to retake the city continues.
It says the popular rally groups goal is to expel from the town of Tal Afar,
cutting off supply routes jihadist to Mosul from Syria.
Tal Afar was a Shiite majority swept by him in 2014. The city of Mosul, a Sunni,
Shiite militias and has pledged not to enter.
Iraq’s offensive began last week.
Iraqi and Kurdish forces advanced and the coalition is backed by the US air force in the push to regain control of Mosul,
is in fact the capital of Iraq.
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“The aim was to cut supplies between Mosul and tenderness (IS in the actual capital in Syria), and the tightening of the blockade .
in Mosul and Tal Afar Liberation,” said a spokesman for the rally popular Ahmad al-Asadi told AFP.
He added that the operation was launched from the area south of Mosul.
During the previous military campaigns against IS, Shiite militias have been accused of committing serious crimes,
including war crimes against civilians year.
It is believed that up to 1.5 million people to stay in Mosul.
There are fears that the use of human shields also closed the operation in the city.
The United Nations said on Friday that is that militants kidnapped tens of thousands of civilians from areas around the city to be used as human shields.
He added that the United Nations and the jihadi group as about 190 former members killed in the Iraqi security forces and 42 civilians, apparently for refusing to obey orders.
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