The Iraqi military says it has "fully liberated" Tall Afar's town center from the
Pockets of resistance remain but the announcement brings Iraqi forces a step closer to taking full control of one of the extremists' last strongholds in Iraq.
Sunday's statement says troops have captured all of the town's neighborhoods but are heading to Ayadia district, about 6 miles northwest of Tall Afar, to pursue a group of militants who fled.
On Aug. 20, U.S.-backed Iraqi troops launched a multi-pronged operation to retake Tall Afar, a month after declaring Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, fully liberated. Tall Afar is about 60 miles from Syria's border.