Around 3 weeks have passed since the liberation of Tal Afar in Nineveh province from ISIS hands. The town suffered extensive damage as a result of the clashes that took place and efforts to reconstruct infrastructure are currently underway.
The municipality’s campaign to reconstruct the city’s streets and buildings has reportedly led to the rehabilitation of over 60% of the first phase of the project. Officials note that the campaign is set to achieve its goals within approximately 15 days.
Civilians of the Tal Afar district have been praised for their efforts in the reconstruction process and for lending their vehicles to the municipality in order to support their work in rejuvenating what ISIS militants had destroyed.
The liberation of Tal Afar was an important step in ridding ISIS from Nineveh province. The Tal Afar ground offensive began on the 20th August, and what followed was a total Daesh collapse, which allowed the Iraqi forces to sweep into the centre of Tal Afar within six days and liberate the whole town within eight days, along with dozens of villages and mountain ranges on the outskirts of the town.
The liberation of Tal Afar also revealed more evidence of the horrors that the residents of the town had to endure under the extremist militants. More mass graves were discovered, filled with men and women who had dared to stand up to the group, as well as those who happened to adhere to a different faith or strand of Islam. Historical sites that gave Tal Afar its unique and distinct character were destroyed and desecrated. The iconic Tal Afar Citadel was converted into a prison for women and girls who were to be forcibly married to ISIS militants, as well as a torture chamber for dissidents.
The reconstruction of the city will not take as long as the process in Mosul, which experienced battles lasting around 9 months, which led to unprecedented destruction of the city’s infrastructure, which is said to have amounted to a bill of around 50 billion dollars.