Iraq has started an offensive to retake Western Mosul from IS militants. Air strikes at dawn pushed the front line further into IS-held territory. The new operation comes nearly a month after the army took control of the eastern half of the city.
The Iraqi military has begun its latest offensive against the so-called "Islamic State," weeks after liberating the city of Mosul. IS still occupies territory around Mosul, but its "caliphate" has effectively collapsed.
Government troops have turned to the terrorists' last bastion on the Syrian border, having already recaptured 90 percent of Iraqi land from IS. At the same time, Baghdad was rekindling conflict with the country's Kurds.
President of the autonomous region of Kurdistan has told parliament he will not seek an extension after his term expires on November 1. The announcement came amid an escalating row with Baghdad over Kurdish independence.
The US-led coalition said the 17-bus convoy taking IS militants and civilian evacuees from the Lebanon-Syria border to areas further east has split into two groups. It vowed to continue taking action against IS.
© 2017 Deutsche Welle |
Legal notice |
| Mobile version