Mo­sul, Iraq

The Week Middle East - - News -

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.

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