Islamic State, which seized nearly a third of Iraq in 2014 in a stunning defeat for the army, now controls just 10% of the country, according to the US-led international coalition against the jihadists.
General Abdelamir Yarallah, head of military operations in the region, said federal police and special units had hoisted the Iraqi flag after having "liberated" the eastern sector of Al-Ayadieh town and Qubuq.
Iraqi forces engaged in heavy fighting Monday near Tal Afar with the last pocket of Islamic State group jihadists in the northern province of Nineveh.
The Joint Operations Command said Iraqi forces held all 29 districts of the city and were pursuing final mopping up operations.
Iraqi forces have dislodged Islamic State from 70 percent of Tal Afar, a stronghold of the militants in northwestern Iraq, including its central citadel neighborhood, officials and military commanders said on Saturday.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced early Sunday the start of a battle to retake Tal Afar, a key Northern Iraqi bastion of the Islamic State (IS) group and one of their last remaining strongholds in the region.
An Iraqi aerial offensive on the western city of Tal Afar, which remains under the control of the Islamic State militia, is currently underway, a military official said Tuesday.
A senior Iraqi general predicted a relatively easy victory for his forces in the upcoming battle for the Islamic State haven of Tal Afar as up 2,000 fighters and their families there are "worn out and demoralised".
The decision-making process that led FIFA to increase the number of teams at the World Cup to 48 starting with the 2026 tournament is unacceptable, European Club Association (ECA) chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said yesterday.
Islamic State's new spokesman threatened on Monday attacks against Turkish embassies around the world and urged supporters in the flashpoint Iraqi town of Tal Afar near Mosul not to flee as the group fights offensives on different fronts.