Foreign fighters and over 214 "terrorists" have been killed or captured over the last 8 days in a stepped up military offensive around the town of
Tal Afar, situated near the Iraq border with Syria. US forces announced on Thursday that they were preparing to launch the offensive around the town
to flush out insurgents in the region and border security with Syria has been tightened.
"Iraqi security and coalition forces continue to eliminate terrorists and foreign fighters in Tal Afar and they will continue to pursue this
endeavour to the end," Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari said said in a statement.
"We are taking additional measures to ensure security and stability in Tal Afar and to restore its people's rights," he added.
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80 percent of residents have left the border town with us led forces arresting all male townsfolk left over the age of 20. US forces say the town has
long been a short cut for potential terrorists to join the insurgency and the town has been under the insurgents control for quite some time.
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