Iraq aims to complete the “liberation” of the strategic northern Shiite town of Tal Afar from militants in a matter of hours, a security spokesman said on Wednesday.

Security forces plan to accomplish “the liberation of the entire town by dawn on Thursday,” the spokesman said, after which they will head for militant-held areas in the city of Mosul, to its east.

Iraqi forces pushed into new areas of Tal Afar on Wednesday during heavy fighting with militants, a provincial councilor said. […]