Kurdish Peshmerga and Zeravani forces have been taking part in a major offensive against Islamic State near the city of Mosul in Iraq. A column of T-55 tanks could be seen moving towards the front line as they look to recapture a series of villages.
At least 12 Real Madrid fans have reportedly been slain in Iraq, as the Spanish club challenged Atletico for the Champions League title. Real, meanwhile, dedicated their victory to Iraqi fans murdered by ISIS gunmen during a similar massacre.
Iraqi government-led forces are slicing through ISIS positions around Fallujah, the citadel of the terror organization in the country. After less than a week of combat, armed units have recaptured key strategic points surrounding the city.
Terrorists are using people as human shields and executing those trying to flee or surrender to slow down the Iraqi Army’s operation to recapture Fallujah. The country security forces are following a special plan to avoid unnecessary civilian loses.
The West has caused political, social and military disarray in the Middle East by funding tension and playing ethnicities and faiths against each other, says Catherine Shakdam of the Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies.
Islamic State has reportedly buried alive dozens of its own militants, after the jihadists refused to fight and fled the battlefield in the face of the Iraqi government’s push to retake ground in northern province of Nineveh, ruled by the terrorists since 2014.