Local Iraqi medical sources say the latest airstrikes in Mosul against ISIL have killed a top commander, Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni. He governed the city for the extremist group.
Elsewhere ISIL launched a fierce attack on Ramadi, one of the few government-held places in Anbar province. One district reportedly fell to the militants, but the Iraqi security forces say they are encircling the attackers.
In America the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey and the Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel have asked Congress to approve more than four and a half billion euros to fund the campaign against ISIL.
“At home, we’ve always practiced a tolerant Islam. My son was indoctrinated. A real brainwashing,” said worried Tunisian father Moncef Labidi.