Last updated: October 20, 2017

Iraq Begins Long-Awaited Battle to Retake ISIS Stronghold

  • Kurdish forces began advancing on villages east of Mosul, hours after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launch of a campaign to retake the city.
  • In the first phase, troops will encircle the city, seeking to cut it off and prevent Islamic State fighters from fleeing, particularly west into Syria.

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