The battle of Tal Afar west of Mosul is over. It took 12 days before full liberation of the city of Tal Afar and surrounding areas was officially declared. The first day of the offensive we received a lot of IDF (indirect fire) around the CCP (casualty collection point), and after some close calls we had to take cover from our unarmed vehicles. The last picture shows me hiding behind the engine of our ambulance. Due to the open desert landscape and the ISOF's (Iraqi Special Operation Forces) breaching of Tal Afar we had no shelters the first few days before we could advance into former IS (Islamic State) held houses. Together with my colleagues in @global.response we treated several severely injured soldiers during the first days of the intense battle, co-located with ISOF medics. Thanks to @equipnor_as for providing me Crye Precision G3 combat pants amongst other gear!
The IS total casualties in the blitzkrieg during the period from August 20 to 31 were more than 2,000 terrorists and over 50 suicide bombers, along with destroying and detonating of 77 car bombs, 71 booby-trapped buildings and 990 roadside bombs. More than 40,000 Iraqi fighters from the Iraqi army, federal police, Rapid Response forces and CTS forces (Counter terrorism service), in addition to ten brigades of the paramilitary Hashd al-Shaabi fighters, participated in the offensive, which was supported by Iraqi and international coalition aircrafts.
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