U.S. Army soldiers stands next to a a guided-missile launcher, a few miles from the frontline, in the village of Abu Ghaddur, east of Tal Afar, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.
According to Rasul, there are no more than 2,000 Daesh militants in Tal Afar, who are mostly foreign fighters.
Iraqi officials are claiming substantial military gains in the fight against ISIS over the northwestern city of Tal Afar, saying that the first Iraqi forces have reached the city's central, and that multiple neighborhoods have fallen.
Al-Jaafari spoke during a news conference with his French counterpart.
Tal Afar has always been a stronghold for hard-line Sunni insurgents. It was strategically significant for its location along a supply route between Mosul and Syria.
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Iraqi security forces had retaken 27 out of 29 neighborhoods in Tal Afar by Saturday evening but in two neighborhoods on the northeast side, fighting was continuing, a statement from the Iraqi joint operations command said. It has produced some of the militant group's most senior commanders.
In advance of the operation, the Iraqi army had amassed some 400,000 troops and personnel in preparation for retaking Tal Afar.
IS still controls large areas in Syria and a handful of towns in Iraq.
After nine-months of fierce clashes, IS lost grip of Mosul, their last remaining stronghold and de facto capital in Iraq. The Hashd al-Shaabi announced that as of Friday, Iraqi bomb disposal teams had been able to clear 14 kilometres of explosives and bombs in the liberated areas of Tal Afar inside houses and on streets.
People are arriving at camps for displaced people with wounds from sniper fire and mine explosions.