Source Pravda.Ru

US-Iraqi force held 200 suspects in sweep of Tal Afar

A U.S.-Iraqi force punched deep into Tal Afar, a key insurgent staging ground near the Syrian border, and the Iraqi army said Thursday it arrested 200 suspected militants in the sweep - three-fourths of them foreign fighters.

Most of the estimated civilian population of 200,000 have now fled this predominantly Turkmen city, where 70 percent of that ethnic group is Sunni Muslim - the sect that dominates the Iraqi insurgency. The U.S. military reported killing seven insurgents over the past two days amid growing indications the joint force was preparing to intensify the operation.

The sweep in Tal Afar came as election officials tallied figures from three Sunni-dominated provinces, where the voter registration was extended a week in preparation for the Oct. 15 nationwide referendum on the new constitution.

“Turnout was unbelievable and people were very enthusiastic, especially in Fallujah and Ramadi,” said Farid Ayar, an electoral commission spokesman in Baghdad. Those cities are Sunni insurgent bastions in Anbar province, which stretches west from Baghdad to the Syrian, Jordanian and Saudi borders, reports the AP.

According to Seattle Times, the sweep in Tal Afar came as election officials tallied figures from three Sunni-dominated provinces, where the voter registration was extended a week in preparation for the Oct. 15 nationwide referendum on the new constitution.

"Turnout was unbelievable, and people were very enthusiastic, especially in Fallujah and Ramadi," said Farid Ayar, an electoral commission spokesman in Baghdad. Those cities are Sunni insurgent bastions in Anbar province, which stretches west from Baghdad to the Syrian, Jordanian and Saudi borders.

The large voter signup suggests minority Sunnis are mobilizing to defeat the draft charter, a marked tactical shift from January, when their boycott of the parliamentary election handed control of the 275-member National Assembly to Shiites and Kurds.

The new basic law was approved and sent to voters by a coalition of Shiites and Kurds, over the objections of Sunni representatives, who fear it would allow the country to split into sectarian and ethnic ministates. That could cut Sunnis out of Iraq's enormous oil wealth.

Comments
North Korea says Trump makes first step towards nuclear war
North Korea says Trump makes first step towards nuclear war
Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, capitals and puppets
ISIS threatens to conduct large-scale terrorist attacks in USA for Jerusalem decision
No one can intercept Kim Jong-un's invincible ballistic missiles
Torturing Jerusalem with USA's help: No peace, but eternal war for Jews and Arabs
North Korea is not a threat to the US
North Korea is not a threat to the US
Torturing Jerusalem with USA's help: No peace, but eternal war for Jews and Arabs
Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, capitals and puppets
North Korea is not a threat to the US
North Korea is not a threat to the US
North Korea is not a threat to the US
Putin: Russia will continue spending enough on defence not to be killed
Putin: Russia will continue spending enough on defence not to be killed
Putin: Russia will continue spending enough on defence not to be killed
North Korea is not a threat to the US
ISIS threatens to conduct large-scale terrorist attacks in USA for Jerusalem decision
North Korea is not a threat to the US
Donbass without militia will be worse than Srebrenica - Putin