PM Abadi and his military staff announcing start of Tal Afar operation (Al Noor News)
US 82nd Airborne troops manning anti-tank missile outside Abu Ghaddur during Tal Afar operation (AP)
Belgium Special Forces operating anti-tank missiles next to the US troops (AP)
The Tal Afar operation finally began just over a month after Mosul was freed. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the campaign on TV stating that the Islamic State could either surrender or die. The Iraqi Air Force dropped leaflets over Tal Afar telling people the battle had begun.