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Iraqi, Kurdish Fighters Make Gains in Battle to Retake Mosul from Islamic State

Iraqi and Kurdish forces say they have retaken a dozen villages outside Mosul, as they press to reclaim Iraq’s second largest city from Islamic State militants. The long-awaited offensive, backed by airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition, and involving Sunni tribal forces and Shi'ite militias, continued on its second day Tuesday. Fighting remains on the outskirts of Mosul, and the advances on the three fronts are moving at different paces. U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking in...

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