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Iraqi Forces Close In on IS In Mosul, But Tough Urban Battles Lie Ahead

Iraqi government and Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they are within 25 kilometers of the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, three days into an operation seen as crucial in defeating the terror group. The closer the Iraqi and coalition forces get to the city, the more difficult the fighting is likely to become, and the more dangerous for the millions of civilians trapped in the city. Islamic State released a propaganda video Wednesday purporting to show its fighters defiantly patrolling the...

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