The Islamic State claims to have launched at least 12 suicide bombings during the first day of the battle for Mosul, Iraq. The group’s Amaq News Agency posted the claims in English and Arabic on its social media sites, including Telegram. All of the suicide attacks were purportedly carried out south and east of Mosul, with eight targeting the Kurdish Peshmerga and the remaining four striking Iraqi forces. However, Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) says that all 12 suicide bombers were neutralized, eight by the Iraqi Army and four by the Peshmerga. ...Stratfor:
As the Iraqi coalition offensive approaches the outskirts of Mosul, Islamic State fighters are rapidly losing terrain in spite of the various tactics they have employed to try to slow the advance by Iraqi security forces and Kurdish peshmerga. Satellite imagery, taken earlier Oct. 18, shows in detail the road ahead for some of the advancing forces.Maps, photos, and full article (free) at the link. Rudaw - Day One recap:
In the first day of the battle against ISIS for Mosul, October 17, the Peshmerga liberated 9 villages and cleared 200 sq.kilometres of territory. Iraqi troops liberated three villages. The battle has northern and southern fronts. The Peshmerga are in the north and the Iraqi army is in the south. They are backed from the air by coalition jets.Video (1:43, English) at the link.