ERBIL/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Hayder al-Abadi declared victory over Islamic State militants in Tal Afar and the entire province of Nineveh yesterday. Tal Afar became the next target of the US-backed war on the jihadist group following the recapture of Mosul, where it had declared its “caliphate” over parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014. Mosul is the capital of Nineveh province. “Tal Afar has been liberated,” Mr Abadi said. “We say to the Islamic State fighters: wherever you are, we are coming for you and you have no choice but to surrender or die.” Iraqi forces had been waiting to clear the small town of al-Ayadiya, 11km northwest of Tal Afar, before declaring complete victory in the offensive. Islamic State militants had retreated to the town.