Tal Afar

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In September 2005, Operation Restoring Rights


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In September 2005, Operation Restoring Rights


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is are injured in Tal Afar, west of Mosul, when a pre-dawn car bomb explodes at an entrance to an army base. U.S. Kiowa (OH-58 Kiowa) helicopter makes a controlled landing after being struck by an RPG (Rocket propelled grenade) near Fallujah; the two-man crew is uninjured.

that there were "very few foreign combatants" in Tal Afar and charged "Every time the US army and the Iraqi government want to destroy a specific city, they claim it hosts Arab fighters and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi." The most intense Sunni insurgent activity takes place in the cities and countryside along the Euphrates River from the Syrian border town of al-Qaim (Al-Qa'im (town)) through Ramadi and Fallujah

on their perspective of the war. His ''Time'' bylines include reports from Kabul, Kandahar, Fallujah, Tikrit, Tal Afar, Mosul, Samarra, Ramadi, and Baghdad. The incident occurred in Tal Afar (w:Tal Afar), a town located approximately sixty kilometres west of Mosul (w:Mosul). According to a local security official, a car bomb was detonated at around 18.00 local time (15.00 UTC), near some spectators; as the crowd fled, two suicide bombers blew up vests


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”. Culture and society Many residents identify themselves as Iraqi Turkmen and share many similarities with Anatolian Turkish culture. Strong family ties exist between residents of the city and relatives in Turkey. Arab culture is also present and many residents don traditional Arab dishdashas and checkered headscarves. Western-style clothing is also common. Cuisine found in the city is similar to meals prepared in Arab Turkish culture including unseasoned grilled lamb and mutton


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were dug and the fronts of shops, destroyed in the assault, were replaced within weeks. Numerous police stations were built or rebuilt in the town by an Anglo-American construction team led by Huw Thomas. In March 2006, U.S. President (President of the United States) George W. Bush pointed to Tal Afar as a success story, where one could "see the outlines of the Iraq we've been fighting for".


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: www.alertnet.org thenews newsdesk L19570721.htm FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Jan 19 (reuters On February 15, 2008 at least three people were killed and 16 wounded in a double suicide bombing. After a police officer guarding a mosque prevented a bomber from entering the building, the attacker tried to throw a hand grenade and then detonated the explosive vest he was wearing. A few minutes later, another bomber ran toward a group of worshipers and blew himself up as police opened fire

13 gunmen and two policemen in a village near the town of Tal Afar. FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, March 2 (Reuters) On April 14, 2008 an attacker wearing a suicide vest blew himself up at a Shi'ite funeral, killing four civilians and wounding 22. Attacks kill up to 18 in northern Iraq (Reuters) On May 27, 2008 four


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”. Culture and society Many residents identify themselves as Iraqi Turkmen and share many similarities with Anatolian Turkish culture. Strong family ties exist between residents of the city and relatives in Turkey. Arab culture is also present and many residents don traditional Arab dishdashas and checkered headscarves. Western-style clothing is also common. Cuisine found in the city is similar to meals prepared in Arab Turkish culture including unseasoned grilled lamb and mutton


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2005 09 02 AR2005090202250.html Washington Post report refers to foreign fighters amongst the insurgents in Tal Afar. and U.S. Army commander Colonel H. R. McMaster said the "vast majority" of Insurgents captured there were "Iraqis and not foreigners." Iraqi journalist Nasir Ali claimed


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Tal Afar

'''Tal Afar ''' (pronounced ta.la.fer ) (also '''Tal'Afar''', '''Tall Afar''', '''Tell Afar''', '''Tel Afar''') ( , is a city and district in northwestern Iraq in the Ninawa Governorate located approximately 50 km west of Mosul and 200 km north west of Kirkuk.

While no official census data exists, the city which had been assessed to have a population of approximately 200,000, had dropped to 80,000 as of 2007, The Real Surge Story (Washington Post) nearly all of whom are Iraqi Turkmen. In Tal’Afar itself, the population is mostly Turkomen, about 75 percent of whom were Sunni Muslims, while a quarter were Shi’ites. work Department of Behavioral Sciences & LeadershipUnited States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs title Description of Tal'Afar date January 8, 2008 accessdate April 22, 2011 While most residents can speak Arabic, Iraqi Turkmen (Turkmen language), a Turkic (Turkic languages) language, is the most common language used throughout the city.

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