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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.
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