Jun 29 2017
The combined efforts of a host of global and regional state and non-state actors against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have reduced the so-called caliphate's control of Mosul to one district and surrounded its fighters in Raqqa, resulting in more of ISIS' militants fleeing Iraq and Syria and fewer foreign fighters joining it.
In a related development Sunday, Daesh militants attacked Peshmerga positions in northwestern Kirkuk, leading to two hours of clashes in that city.
"The victory announcement will come in a very short time", Al-Abadi said on his website.
The fall of the northern Iraqi city would mark the end of the Iraqi half of the "caliphate" proclaimed by ISIS, though the militant group remains in control of large areas of both Iraq and Syria.
TRT World's Soraya Lennie reports from Erbil.
Troops are now retaking territories in Mosul's Old City. Despite the fact that ISIS now faces a stark new operational reality with less territory under its control and having suffered major symbolic and tactical losses, it is premature to conclude that the struggle against ISIS is over because numerous factors that contributed to its rise remain.
The army's 16th infantry division captured Hadarat al-Saada and al-Ahmadiyya, the military said in a statement.
The militants force women and children to cover them in the streets as they know that Iraqi security forces will not target civilians, he said. ISIS uses auto bombs as well as snipers to hamper the advances of the Iraqi army. Residents who have escaped from the Old City, say that they have little food, water or medicine in the Old City.
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Military jet practicing for Dayton air show in accident
Authorities say an F-16 Thunderbird military jet apparently practicing for an OH air show has been involved in an accident. A Thunderbird F-16 was involved in an incident Friday while practicing for an OH air show, according to multiple reports.
Rani Rampal to lead India at women's Hockey World League Semi-Final
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A USA -led global coalition is providing air and ground support in the eight-month-old offensive.
Front lines were quiet in the Old City on Tuesday as Iraqi special forces scouted the terrain.
But as it advances, the human toll in Mosul becomes clearer. Troops ducked into narrow alleyways, through bright courtyards and up balconies to reach positions with a view of the now destroyed grand Al-Nouri Mosque.
The UN has said that at least 750,000 people have fled since operations to recapture Mosul began.
The group has carried out sporadic suicide bombings in parts of Mosul using sleeper cells.
But despite staggering territorial losses, Daesh has managed to launch a number of counterattacks and insurgent assaults inside some Mosul neighborhoods that were retaken from Daesh earlier this month.
Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, commonly known by their Arabic name, Hashd al-Sha'abi, have made sweeping gains against Daesh since launching the Mosul operation on October 17, 2016.
Jun 28 2017
Oil prices struggle on doubts OPEC can rein in oversupply
Crude output from OPEC nations rose by 290,000 bpd in May to a 2017 high of 32.08 million barrels per day, according to the EIA. The effectiveness of the OPEC-led cuts has been undermined by increasing USA oil production, mostly from shale drillers.
Jun 28 2017
Soros says United Kingdom is approaching 'tipping point' as Brexit bites
If its assessment is positive, the talks will then move on to "scoping the future relationship on trade and other matters". Davis said both sides were "off to a promising start" even though the challenges ahead were daunting.
Jun 28 2017
Sports Hosts Russia Crash Out of FIFA Confederations Cup
We created chances, we put them under pressure, so we could have got a little more out of this tournament", he told reporters. Mexico also progressed to the semi-finals as they knocked hosts Russian Federation out of the tournament with a 2-1 victory.
Jun 28 2017
British Queen's wages to rise by 8 pct next year
Details of the increase were released as Buckingham Palace accounts revealed the royal family past year spent £4.5m on travel. The most expensive outing was the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall's trip to Italy, Romania, and Austria.
Jun 26 2017
Blac Chyna Involved In Scary Car Accident, Gets Medical Help
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Jun 26 2017
America's Cup: Kiwis are better, faster
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Jun 25 2017
FIFA Confederations Cup: Portugal, Mexico through to semi-final
Three times he arrowed the ball too close to Marinovic, who had to leap to push one first-half effort against the crossbar. Portugal will be without defender Pepe , who is suspended for a second yellow card in the tournament.
Jun 23 2017
Germany's Loew to rotate against Chile with 100th win in sight
Veteran Universidad de Chile stopper Johnny Herrera stood in for Bravo in Sunday's 2-0 win over Cameroon in Moscow. Among those set to start on Thursday will be keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Loew said.
Jun 22 2017
Ronaldo summoned to court, Mourinho accused of tax fraud
His expression to leave Madrid has opened potential moves to Manchester United , Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Chelsea . Ronaldo is now on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation which ends on July 2.
Jun 22 2017
Family reacts angrily to Milwaukee ex-cop's acquittal
Heaggan-Brown had previously said he believed Smith "was reaching for his waist so he discharged his weapon a second time". "Mr. After Smith was shot, the resulting violence during protests left businesses burned, police cars damaged and officers injured.
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