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Kurdish Forces Besiege Key IS Town Near Mosul

U.S.-backed Kurdish peshmerga forces are removing one more obstacle on the road to Mosul: the Islamic State (IS) stronghold in the Iraqi town of Bashiqa. Fighting has been ongoing for a week with stiff IS resistance, 48 kilometers (8 miles) from Mosul. The forces said on Monday they have surrounded the town on three sides and controlled several nearby areas including the town’s supply route to Mosul. “There are not many (IS) fighters left in the town,”  Kurdish peshmerga fighter...

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