Iraq: Civilians evacuated from villages around Mosul

Hundreds of displaced Iraqi civilians were seen removed out of their villages from the frontlines of Mosul by the Iraqi Special Forces near the town of Qayyarah, in Nineveh Governorate, on Thursday.
Iraqi army troops continued to secure several neighbourhoods in the south of Mosul as part of their operations to retake the city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL).
Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the military operation to liberate the country's second largest city. IS captured Mosul in 2014 and the offensive is now spearheaded by the Iraqi army and Kurdish militia, supported by the coalition led by the United States.
Mosul is the last major city in Iraq under the control of IS, and the army has been working towards its recapture by liberating nearby towns and cutting off supply routes to the militants who remain in the city.