Car bomb in Iraqi city Tal Afar leaves 2 dead, 11 wounded

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Car bomb in Iraqi city Tal Afar leaves 2 dead, 11 wounded

Baghdad (Agencies): At least two people were killed and 11 others were wounded in a car bomb in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar on Tuesday, a former Daesh stronghold, the military said.


Tal Afar, about 80 km (50 miles) west of Mosul, experienced cycles of sectarian violence after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and produced some of Daesh's most senior commanders.

The city, which had about 200,000 residents, came under the militants’ control when Daesh overran swathes of Iraq’s north in 2014.

It fell to Iraqi Security Forces, backed by the US-led coalition, in August 2017, the last area to be retaken in the north before fighting moved to the Syrian border. A heavy security presence has remained since then and the city has been mostly quiet.