Iraq: Peshmerga caught in furious clashes with IS as battle for Mosul unfolds

Kurdish Peshmerga forces were caught in heavy clashes against fighters of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; ISIS/ISIL) near Khazir, Monday, as part of large-scale operations to re-take the city of Mosul.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi officially announced the start of the assault during an address in Baghdad earlier on Monday. Iraqi forces launched an offensive from the south of Mosul with Peshmerga forces striking from Khazir, east of the city. Warplanes of the US-led coalition are providing air cover.
Mosul is the last major city in Iraq under the control of IS, and the army has recently been working towards its recapture by liberating nearby towns and cutting off supply routes to the militants who remain in the city. Mosul has been under the control of IS since June 2014.
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