The Iraqi army is fully ready with a plan in its hands to attack Islamic State (IS) in the norther city of Tel Affar and recapture the strategic region, said a top army official.
The army is now awaiting a command from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to move onto Tel Affar, Othman al-Ghanimi, Iraqi army’s chief of staff, told RT.
Tel Affar has been under the control of IS since 2014 when vast territories in northern Iraq fell into the hands of the extremist group. Following the liberation of Mosul in July, PM Abadi vowed to soon dislodge the IS jihadists in Tel Affar, Hawija and other areas.
BasNews previously reported that preparations for the Tel Affar assault are underway with the US-led coalition special forces now setting up a military base near the city. The Iraqi officials have confirmed that 50% of the facility is now ready.