The Iraqi military has launched an attack against one of ISIS’s last strongholds in the country with the assistance of the US-led coalition against the terrorist organization.

Iraqi military, archive

Iraqi military, archive Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Today (Sunday), Iraqi military forces launched a joint attack against ISIS in one of its last strongholds in the country. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi warned the terrorist organization: “Surrender or die.”

The Iraqi forces are operating with the assistance of the coalition air force in the city of Tal Afar. The city is considered a strategic region in the battle against ISIS. If the Iraqi military succeeds, it will in fact disconnect the organization’s supply routes to and from Syria.

“Surrender or die” Photo credit: Channel 2 News

According to the estimates of Iraqi military officials, approximately 1,400 to 1,600 ISIS terrorists are still active in the region and expected to take part in the battle. “I do not believe that the battle in Tal Afar will be tougher than the battle in Mosul,” a senior-level Iraqi military officer told the Reuters news agency. “Especially in light of the experience we have accumulated.”

Meanwhile, the Lebanese television network Al-Manar, which is affiliated with Hezbollah, reported that the terrorist organization has begun a coordinated attack with the Syrian military against ISIS in Syria close to the border with Lebanon. As reported by JOL, a Lebanese security official also told Reuters that the Lebanese military has begun a similar military operation against ISIS on the Lebanese side of the border.