Battle rages: As the Iraqi army, and Kurdish peshmerga forces, continued their push on the Daesh stronghold of Mosul this week, the UN received multiple reports of fresh atrocities committed by the militant group. Daesh is believed to be targeting former members of the security services, who could lead an uprising against the group’s brutal rule in Mosul, Iraq’s second city. Around 60 former police officers are believed to have been massacred on Sunday; there have also been reports of massacres of civilians. Iraqi units had advanced to within 2km of the city’s eastern edge by mid-week, but were said to be meeting stiff resistance; and Daesh staged counter-attacks elsewhere. Last Friday, at least 100 militants launched a ferocious attack on the oil-rich city of Kirkuk; it took Iraqi forces three days to defeat them.