Iraqi troops faced stiff resistance from militants from the so-called 'Islamic State' as they pushed deeper into eastern Mosul, backed by aerial support from the US-led international coalition, a senior military commander said.
Fighters from the so-called 'Islamic State' group have killed some 70 civilians in Mosul this week over accusations of collaboration with Iraqi forces pushing into the city to drive them out, the United Nations has said.
Iraqi investigators are probing a mass grave that was discovered by troops advancing further into Islamic State-held territory near the city of Mosul.
The Iraqi military says it has found some 100 decapitated bodies in a mass grave south of the Islamic State-held city of Mosul.
Iraqi forces have pushed into a town south of Mosul after Islamic State fighters fled with civilians used as human shields, officials said.
Iraqi and Kurdish forces have launched a new offensive near Mosul as part of a bid to retake the city from the so-called 'Islamic State' group.
Iraqi forces have pushed into a town near Mosul after a wave of militant attacks in and around the northern city of Kirkuk set off more than 24 hours of heavy clashes, with ongoing skirmishes in some areas.
Militants attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk today in an assault quickly claimed by the so-called 'Islamic State' group and aimed at diverting attention from the battle to retake 'IS'-held Mosul.
Iraqi special forces have joined the battle for Mosul with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by the so-called 'Islamic State' group, a key part of a multi-pronged assault on eastern approaches to the besieged city.
Columns of Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by US-led air strikes have slowly advanced on Mosul from several directions, launching a long-awaited operation to retake Iraq's second largest city from the so-called 'Islamic State' group (IS).
Iraqi government and Kurdish forces, backed by US-led coalition air and ground support, have launched co-ordinated military operations in Mosul.