SHIA FORCES CAPTURE TAL AFAR AIRBASE WEST OF IRAQ’S MOSUL

5710776-3x2-940x627Shia militias announced the capture of the Tal Afar airbase, west of Mosul, on Wednesday, as part of their campaign to choke off the route between the Syrian and the Iraqi parts of the caliphate Islamic State (ISIS) declared in 2014.


The capture of the base could be a significant development in the campaign to recapture Mosul, Islamic State’s de facto capital since its forces swept through Iraq in 2014 and set up a self-declared caliphate in a swathe of Syria and northern Iraq.

The Tal Afar base also offers the mainly Shia forces a launchpad for operations against ISIS targets inside Syria, and highlights the potential for the Mosul operation to reshape strategic power across northern Iraq.

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