The so-called Islamic State group now only controls less than a fifth of the territory it held in Iraq in 2014, according to an Iraqi military spokesman.
With a week to go till Turkey’s referendum on April 16 on a new political system that would give the president sweeping new powers, the country’s expatriates have been continuing to vote in advance in
Amnesty International says US-led coalition against ISIL could be at fault for failing to limit civilian deaths in Mosul offensive.
The Iraqi military revises down the civilian death toll from an incident in west Mosul last week and denies it was caused by a coalition air strike.
Iraqi government forces have halted their push to recapture western Mosul after reports of mass civilian casualties.
Now into its sixth month, the US-backed offensive to oust the jihadists has slowed recently, as fighting enters the narrow alleys of the Old City.
With nearly 400,000 displaced people from the battle of Mosul refugee camps are overwhelmed with the latest exodus from the east of the city.