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.
Oil prices struggle on doubts OPEC can rein in oversupply
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SIT to probe DSP's lynching
Pandith was on frisking duty outside the Jamia Masjid and was reportedly clicking pictures of people coming out of the mosque. The Director General of Police , S P Vaid, has promised not to spare the people behind the lynching .
JK: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch sector
In February 2000, seven months after the Kargil War, a Pakistani BAT killed seven Indian soldiers in Nowshera in Rajouri district. Army sources said the infiltrators were spotted and engaged in a firefight "The infiltrators were fired upon".
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
Amtrak CEO to step down after 'summer of hell'
As part of the transition, Anderson and Moorman will serve as co-CEO's through December 31, officials said. Over the past 25 years, Anderson has become one of the most respected CEOs in the airline business.
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 27 2017
Edmonton's Connor McDavid wins first Hart Trophy as NHL MVP
Matthews led all first-year players this season and tied for second in the league with 40 goals, including four in his NHL debut. Matthews was the no-brainer choice for the Calder after his 69-point rookie season for the Leafs.
Jun 26 2017
Blac Chyna Involved In Scary Car Accident, Gets Medical Help
Apparently, paramedics did a diagnosis on Chyna for around 45 minutes and she subsequently released and picked up by someone. Cops allegedly administered a few sobriety tests, but it is not known if an arrest was made.
Jun 25 2017
US military shoots down Iranian-made drone in southern Syria
Russian Federation supports the Assad regime and issued its threat to coalition aircraft over western Syria in response. Russian Federation condemned the USA action and in retaliation suspended a hotline meant to prevent such incidents.
Jun 25 2017
Pelosi Defends Leadership Following Special Election Loss
Trump himself weighed in over Twitter this morning with digs at Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY . President Trump stirred the pot, Thursday, tweeting : "I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out.
Jun 24 2017
Fabinho would find Manchester United switch 'very tempting'
The player fuelled these rumours on Thursday night, when he confirmed he would be open to a move to Old Trafford. Would Fabinho fit in at Man Utd? "But it's a great club, sure enough I would think well about it".
Jun 24 2017
Kmart to close Springettsbury Township store
Sears Canada received court protection from creditors on Thursday and announced a plan to close 59 locations and cut 2,900 jobs. Sears Canada will close 20 of its full-line stores, 15 Sears Home Stores, 10 outlet stores and 14 Sears Hometown locations.
Jun 23 2017
Cops shoot pregnant woman who called for help
The initial conversation between the pregnant woman and the two Seattle police officers seemed polite, professional and calm. In addition to being aware of her mental health condition, the officers knew she had several children present in the home.
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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