Fierce resistance: Daesh fighters kept up their fierce defense of the southern approaches to Mosul, which has held up Iraqi troops. Ten days into what is expected to be the biggest ground offensive in Iraq since the US-led invasion of 2003, army and federal police units aim to dislodge the militants from villages in the region of Shora, 30 kilometres south of Mosul. The frontlines in other areas have moved much closer to the edges of the city, the last major stronghold under control of the militants in Iraq, who have held it since 2014. According to a military spokesman, the militants have been using suicide car bombs extensively to fight off the advancing troops. UN aid agencies said the fighting has so far forced about 10,600 people to flee.