- Title: Kurdish forces push to take villages north of Mosul
- Date: 20th October 2016
- Summary: NAWARAN, NORTH MOSUL, IRAQ (OCTOBER 20, 2016) (REUTERS) KURDISH HUMVEES IN AREA VARIOUS OF PESHMERGA FIGHTERS TAKING POSITION ON TOP OF MOUND OVERLOOKING NINEVEH PLAIN PESHMERGA FIGHTERS ON TOP OF EARTH EMBANKMENT/ AMBULANCE DRIVING THROUGH OPENING ON EARTH EMBANKMENT AMBULANCE DRIVING PAST PESHMERGA TROOPS ON BOTH SIDES MORE OF PESHMERGA FIGHTERS ON MOUND AMBULANCE DRIVING ALONG ROAD / PESHMERGA FIGHTERS LINING SIDES AMBULANCE ARRIVING AT SITE WHERE AMBULANCE TRUCKS ARE GATHERED PESHMERGA MILITARY VEHICLES PESHMERGA FIGHTERS SITTING AT BACK OF MILITARY TRUCK PESHMERGA FIGHTERS WALKING BEHIND TRUCK LOADED WITH PESHMERGA FIGHTERS VARIOUS OF PESHMERGA FIGHTERS WALKING ON ROAD VARIOUS OF KURDISH PESHMERGA AND MILITARY VEHICLES
- Embargoed: 4th November 2016 14:31
- Keywords: Iraq Mosul offensive Isis Kurdish Peshmerga
- Location: NAWARAN, NORTH MOSUL, IRAQ
- City: NAWARAN, NORTH MOSUL, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA00154T9P3B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Kurdish Peshmerga fighters advanced north towards Mosul on Thursday (October 20), during an offensive to seize back the Iraqi city from Islamic State.
The Iraqi government announced an operation against Islamic State on Monday (October 17) to oust them from the country's second-largest city, two years after it fell to the militants.
Four days into the assault on Mosul, Iraqi government forces and allied Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are steadily recovering outlying territory before the main push into the city begins.
The administration of Mosul and surrounding Nineveh province is now one of the main topics of discussion for world leaders.
There are concerns the defeat of the ultra-hardline Sunni group would cause new sectarian and ethnic violence, fueled by a desire to avenge atrocities inflicted on minority groups.
Nineveh is a mosaic of ethnic and religious groups - Arab, Turkmen, Kurds, Yazidis, Christians, Sunnis, Shi'ites - with Sunni Arabs making up the overwhelming majority.
The Mosul battle is expected to be the biggest battle in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. Around 1.5 million people still live in Mosul and the battle is expected to last weeks or months.
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