TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A month after liberating Mosul from Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists, Iraqi forces have broken through the militants' lines inside Tal Afar reaching the old city center and the neighborhood around the Ottoman-era citadel.

Iraqi forces have seized about three quarters of the city since the offensive started six days ago while the Takfiri militants remain in control of the northeast quarter, Iraqi military officials said, euronews reported.

Tal Afar is the latest objective in the Arab country’s war on the terror group following the recapture of Mosul after a nine-month campaign.

According to Iraqi military commanders, as many as 2,000 battle-hardened militants remain in Tal Afar while the number of civilians left in the city is estimated to be between 10,000 and 20,000.

Tal Afar fell to Daesh in 2014. It was strategically significant for its location along a supply route between Mosul and Syria.