Militants gain ground in battle for strategic town in northern Iraq
Published on Jun 16, 2014 4:39 PM
BAGHDAD (AFP) - Militants gained ground on Monday in a battle for a strategic Shi'ite enclave in northern Iraq that provides a corridor to Syria, officials and residents said.
Security forces insisted they had repelled an assault on Tal Afar, a Shi'ite Turkman-majority town in Nineveh province, but multiple officials and a resident said militants had entered it, with one saying they were in control.
"Armed groups managed to take control of Tal Afar," a Nineveh provincial government official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"They clashed with security forces and (tribal fighters), who had to withdraw from the town."
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