Members of the Shiite Badr Organization fighters take cover behind a berm during a battle with ISIS militants at the airport of Tal Afar west of Mosul, Iraq, Nov. 20, 2016. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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Tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians have fled Tal Afar as Shiite paramilitary groups close in the ISIS-held town on the road between Mosul and Raqqa, the main cities of the militant group's self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria.Popular Mobilization units, a coalition of mostly Iranian-trained and backed militias, are trying to encircle Tal Afar, a mostly ethnic Turkmen town, as part of the offensive to capture Mosul, the last major city stronghold of ISIS in Iraq.Cutting the road to Tal Afar would seal off Mosul as the city is already surrounded to the north, south and east by Iraqi government and Kurdish peshmerga forces.Iraqi military estimates put the number of insurgents in Mosul at 5,000 to 6,000, facing a 100,000-strong coalition of Iraqi government units, peshmerga fighters and Shiite militias.The figure does not include the thousands of people rounded up in villages around Mosul and forced to accompany ISIS fighters to cover their retreat towards the city as human shields.
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