- Title: Multiple explosions rock Bashiqa during offensive
- Date: 8th November 2016
- Summary: BASHIQA, IRAQ (NOVEMBER 8, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS DARK SMOKE RISES AMONG BUILDINGS / LARGE EXPLOSIONS AMONG BUILDINGS / SMOKE RISES (AUDIO OF EXPLOSIONS) VARIOUS LARGE EXPLOSIONS AMONG BUILDINGS OF BASHIQA / SMOKE RISES
- Embargoed: 23rd November 2016 12:23
- Keywords: Bashiqa peshmerga smoke Mosul Islamic State
- Location: BASHIQA, IRAQ
- City: BASHIQA, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA00157L4OXZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Multiple large explosions hit buildings of Bashiqa on Tuesday (November 8) as Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces battled Islamic State militants for control of the town.
Gunfire was heard as large plumes of smoke rose from buildings in the centre of the town, around 15 kilometres (10 miles) northeast of Mosul.
Peshmerga forces stormed Bashiqa on Monday (November 7), clearing a pocket of militants outside the city while Iraqi troops waged a fierce urban war with the jihadists in its eastern neighbourhoods.
Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces faced resistance from Islamic State militants in Bashiqa, who used a network of tunnels to move around in the town.
The town of Bashiqa is a key strategic point on the approach to Mosul, the largest Islamic State-controlled city in either Iraq or Syria that has been held by the group since June 2014.
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