- Title: Plumes of smoke rise from Bashiqa rooftops during offensive
- Date: 8th November 2016
- Summary: SOUTH BASHIQA, IRAQ (NOVEMBER 8, 2016) (REUTERS) PLUMES OF SMOKE RISING ACROSS TOWN DARK CLOUD OF SMOKE RISING FROM CENTRE OF TOWN DAMAGED BUILDINGS LINE OF ARMOURED VEHICLES FLATTENED BUILDING DARK CLOUD OF SMOKE RISING IN CENTRE OF TOWN NEAR MOSQUE VARIOUS OF LARGE CLOUD OF SMOKE RISING VARIOUS OF ANOTHER CLOUD OF SMOKE RISING FROM ROOFTOPS NEARBY (AUDIO OF EXPLOSION) TWO CLOUDS OF SMOKE RISING VARIOUS OF ARMOURED VEHICLES AND PESHMERGA FIGHTERS ACTIVITY SURROUNDED BY DESTROYED BUILDINGS PLUME OF SMOKE RISING SEVERAL PLUMES OF SMOKE RISING ACROSS TOWN
- Embargoed: 23rd November 2016 11:39
- Keywords: Bashiqa peshmerga smoke Mosul Islamic State
- Location: BASHIQA, IRAQ
- City: BASHIQA, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA00157L3ZNR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Plumes of smoke rose from the rooftops of Bashiqa on Tuesday (November 8) as Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces moved among destroyed buildings and rubble into the Islamic-State held town.
Crackles of gunfire were heard as large clouds of smoke rose from buildings in the centre of the town, northeast of Mosul.
Peshmerga forces stormed Bashiqa on Monday (November 7), clearing a pocket of militants outside the city while Iraqi troops wage a fierce urban war with the jihadists in its eastern neighbourhoods.
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.
The Mosul campaign, the most complex military operation in Iraq in a decade, brings together a force of around 100,000 soldiers, security forces, Shi'ite militias and peshmerga, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, to crush the Sunni jihadists.
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