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Iraq forces press Mosul assault, hunt Kirkuk attackers

Iraqi army vehicle drives down a road east of Mosul, northern Iraq, on October 22, 2016, as displaced families flee areas of unrest during an operation to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group jihadistsIraqi forces battled Sunday through booby-traps, sniper fire and suicide car bombs to tighten the noose around Mosul, while also hunting Islamic State group jihadists behind attacks elsewhere in the country. Kurdish forces announced a new push at dawn on Bashiqa, northeast of Mosul, where some 10,000 fighters are engaged in a huge assault to take the IS-held town. Turkey said the peshmerga had requested assistance from its soldiers at a base near Bashiqa and announced it offered support with artillery and tanks.

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