Kurds lead advance on Mosul in decisive battle for Iraq’s second city
British, US and French special forces and paratroopers support push by peshmerga from east and Iraqi army from south
Iraqi Kurdish forces, supported by US-led airstrikes and special forces, have been advancing on Mosul from the east in the first phase of a long-planned offensive to retake the city from #Islamic State.
The advance on Monday evening aims to liberate the city, an Isis stronghold, more than two years after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the establishment of a caliphate from there. The Iraqi army has also moved into villages to the south of the city, where local tribes ousted Isis on their own.