Iraq: Regime forces launch new operation northwest of Mosul

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“An Iraqi offensive to take back Mosul from ISIL gained new momentum with an armoured division trying to advance into the city from the northern side. The Iraqi army’s 9th Armoured Division and Rapid Response units of the interior ministry opened a new front on Thursday in the northwest of the city against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to the military. The armed group is now besieged in the northwestern corner of Mosul, which includes the historic Old City centre and the medieval Grand al-Nuri Mosque and its landmark leaning minaret, where their black flag has been flying since June 2014.” (05/04/17)