Troops move into final staging positions south of the city A ground assault on Mosul, the last major Islamic State stronghold in Iraq, is due to be launched by the end of the month, as Iraqi troops who will lead the attack move into their final staging positions to the south of the city. Officials in Baghdad expect the push to begin close to 15 October, although US officials who have trained and advised Iraqi forces for the past two years are understood to be less focused on a fixed date and are making plans for the battle to start up to 10 days later.
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi troops advanced against Islamic State south of Mosul on Sunday as the U.S.-led coalition intensifies its campaign against the militants on multiple fronts across their self-proclaimed caliphate.
MAKHMOUR, Iraq (Reuters) - For Iraqis living in the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, news is dwindling about the U.S.-backed army massing to the south for an assault on the city that could begin this year.
ANKARA (Reuters) - Involving Shi'ite militias in an operation to drive Islamic State out of the Iraqi city of Mosul will not bring peace, Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday, adding that Turkish-trained forces should be involve...
TIKRIT/FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces opened a second front on Saturday in preparation for an assault on the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, a day after government troops declared victory over the militants in Falluja.