Around 750, 000 civilians are believed to be living in the 'IS'-controlled part of the city. Aid groups are warning that civilians will be put in danger. The latest operation comes nearly a month after the army took control of Mosul's eastern half.
A selfie of Miss Israel and Miss Iraq taken in Las Vegas and posted by both contestants on Instagram has unleashed a digital diplomatic debate. Intended as a message of peace for the Middle East, it has drawn criticism.
The grisly find was made at an airbase near the city of Hawija, recently liberated after three years under 'IS' control. The regional government said the compound served as an "execution ground" for the militants.
Kurdish authorities have accused Baghdad of undermining attempts to reach a deal on disputed areas and borders. Once unified in their fight against the "Islamic State," the Kurds feel betrayed by the central government.
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.
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