Hashd al-Shaabi captured one more village on its way to liberating the strategic town of Tal Afar in Nineveh province, from the ISIL militants.
The popular forces’ media service said they took over the village of Khodeir Southwest of Tal Afar after engaged in heavy clashes with ISIL, adding that the group uses civilians as human shields, Iraqi News reported.
Hashd al-Shaabi also brought down an ISIL-run drone in Um Nekheila village, and also destroyed two booby-trapped vehicles.
Hashd al-Shaabi also announced on Friday that popular forces has started their 5th phase of anti-terrorism operation Southwest of Tal Afar city in Nineveh province, as they completed their siege of the terrorists in the city of Tal Afar.
The Tal Afar city is located between the city of Mosul and Syria and terrorists use Tal Afar to flee to Raqqa in Syria. The capture of Tal Afar will be very important for paving the way for victory in Nineveh province.