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WATCH: ISIS Militants Flee Tal-Afar Airport as Popular Mobilization Forces Attack

A video shared on Twitter shows Islamic State militants fleeing for their lives from the once occupied Tal-Afar airport as the Shiite PMU Al-Hashd al-Shaabi attack. The second video shows the Hashd destroying a suicide bomber driving a car bomb during the airport’s recapture.

Tal-Afar is about 45 miles west of Mosul, the site of a major American coalition undertaking against the Islamic State.

Last month, the American coalition, consisting of the Iraqi Army, the Kurdish Peshmerga, Shia militias, Christian militias, and the Turkish Nineveh Guard, descended upon Mosul to free it from the Islamic State. The official operation began on October 17 when it was announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Al-Hashd al-Shaabi is the Arabic term for the Popular Mobilization Forces, which is mostly made up of Shia.

According to the Middle East Eye:

On Thursday, Iraq’s forces took control of the strategic Tal Afar airport from IS after Iraqi army helicopters and ground forces had pounded militant positions for days, penetrating a strong defence that included multiple suicide car bombs.

However, despite the group’s success in eliminating ISIS, their presence has Sunni civilians in Tal-Afar nervous. Rudaw reports:

Sunni Turkmen and Arabs from Tal Afar are against the state-backed Hashd al-Shaabi liberating their town, as the paramilitary Shiite force continues to make advances toward the ISIS-held town west of Mosul.

The Sunnis of Tal Afar say they want a neutral, non-sectarian force to liberate their town.

Tal-Afar fell to ISIS in June 2014.

Find more ISIS news, photos and videos here.

PHOTOS: ISIS Shares Images of Dead Children Allegedly Killed by US Airstrike on Tal-Afar

In a new photo report purportedly released by the Islamic State, ISIS alleges that an American coalition airstrike on Tal-Afar City, west of Mosul, has killed and injured civilians, including children.

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3 comments

  1. probably a little late now, but small (half the size of a quad bike) could house flash bangs, smoke grenades, a small mortar, and a lazy directional incendiary round (the glowy ones), strong enough to carry dead bodies, kick the dirt up, make a lot of smoke and noise, might be cost comparative to the car bombs, but if you integrate female fights going through cites towards the battle front you might get some positive hits pivoting away from people….

    • they have limited vision, so it should work, i don’t know how effective they are in a fight, but some with the artillery shells and heads looked pretty destructive, in a modern street setting would be horrific

  2. Lolll They’re acting tough firing at ISIS from a distance. All it takes one God fearing brother to drive straight at them, he doesnt care if he dies, Allaah put fear in their shiaa dogs hearts. Ive said it before and ill say it again. You cannot defeat a nation that loves death just as the enemy loves life. One of the old soliders form the soviet union back in Afghanistan was asked why couldn’t the super power army of Russia defeat a small gang of Talibans with weak weapons. He replied by saying ,” How can we defeat and army, that when they look down the barrel of a gun, they see paradise” …….. Victory is near!