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New Front Opened in Battle for Mosul

wsj.com — Kurdish fighters and Iraqi special forces opened a new front Thursday in the offensive to dislodge Islamic State from Mosul, pressuring the militants from the city's northern edges. Hundreds of Kurdish fighters known as Peshmerga pushed toward the militant-controlled town of Bashiqa about 12 miles northeast of Mosul, the Sunni Muslim extremist...

Iraqis Flee Islamic State Rule Near Mosul

wsj.com — BASHMANA, Iraq-The convoy on the horizon alarmed the Iraqi special forces at a temporary camp on the outskirts of this Islamic State-held village, cars and tractors kicking up dust on an arid plain and advancing rapidly.

Iraqi Troops Ordered to Pause Mosul Advance

wsj.com — Iraqi troops were ordered Wednesday to pause their advance on Mosul for 48 hours, in what commanders said was a step aimed at ensuring a coordinated offensive to retake Islamic State's last major bastion in the country. Iraqi forces moving toward Mosul from the south progressed quickly Monday, the first day of the offensive.

Kurdish, Iraq forces capture 17 villages surrounding Mosul

marketwatch.com — Kurdish and Iraqi forces captured 17 villages around Mosul on Monday, Iraq's military said, but Islamic State slowed their advance with heavy mortar fire that signaled a potentially fierce battle for the militant group's last major stronghold in Iraq.

Iraqi Forces Advance Toward ISIS-Held Mosul

wsj.com — Iraqi forces launched a long-awaited offensive early Monday to push Islamic State from Mosul, as thousands of government troops and Kurdish fighters advanced toward the outskirts of the militant-held city. Flanked by senior Iraqi military commanders, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi went on national television to announce the start of the operation to retake Iraq's second-largest city from Islamic State, declaring, "The hour of victory...

Islamic State Loses Support in Mosul as Iraqi Offensive Begins

wsj.com — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Residents prepare as Iraqi military launches effort to retake ISIS-controlled city Mosul residents and Iraqi intelligence officials describe fraying support for Islamic State and disarray in its ranks ahead of the Iraqi military's campaign to drive the group from the city.

Iraqi forces begin offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS

marketwatch.com — ERBIL, Iraq - A diverse coalition of Iraqi forces launched a military assault on the Islamic State-controlled city of Mosul, a battle considered the final and most complex fight against the militancy in the country. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said early Monday in a nationally televised announcement that Iraqi armed forces began the push into Mosul from towns surrounding the city.

Islamic State Braces as Iraq Prepares Mosul Offensive

wsj.com — ERBIL, Iraq-At recent Friday prayers in a Mosul mosque, the Islamic State-appointed preacher eschewed the traditional sermon extolling the group's virtues for a plea for local support against a long-anticipated government offensive. "Do you want to be humiliated again by the army, and do you not appreciate the dignity we gave you?"

Islamic State Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens at Baghdad Funeral

wsj.com — An Islamic State suicide bomber detonated an explosive inside a crowded funeral tent in Baghdad Saturday, killing at least 34 people, the highest death toll in a string of bombings in recent weeks targeting Shiite religious gatherings. The bomber struck in the al-Shaab district in the north east of the capital as mourners filled a large tent to...

Turkey’s Demands Complicate Battle Plan to Retake Mosul From Islamic State

wsj.com — Plans for a pivotal offensive to uproot Islamic State from the Iraqi city of Mosul are running into unexpected complications from Turkey, which is pressing the U.S. and Iraq to incorporate its allies into the battle's fighting force.
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Oct 22, 2016

A portrait of three children lays next to a cache of 104 mortars found left behind in a village occupied by ISIS outside #Mosul https://t.co/zkAjmYyeh8

Oct 22, 2016

How does a unit of Iraqi special forces start the day? Massive amounts of tea and fresh bread. #Mosul @WSJphotos https://t.co/KSYSS8URaZ

Oct 21, 2016

US troops fire artillery towards #Mosul, a major part of the American involvement in the campaign to dislodge ISIS from there. https://t.co/eqgsJNg8Bf

Oct 21, 2016

RT @WSJ: How Iraq’s troops stoke religious tensions in battle against Islamic State in Mosul  http://on.wsj.com/2ecOKiC  🔓

Oct 20, 2016

RT @PaulSonne: US service member killed in Iraq by IED in the Bashiqa area. What happened there today via @bkesling @TamerELG: https://t.co/0lgLayt7ec

Oct 20, 2016

RT @bkesling: In the #Mosul campaign an #ISIS ambush kills and wounds dozens. My latest with photos from the front.…

Oct 20, 2016

RT @LizSly: One of the US troops fighting for Mosul has been killed. The 1st of the Mosul battle, only the 4th of the ISIS war https://t.co/dLFlmVU42z

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