MOSUL, Iraq (NBC) – Kurdish Peshmerga forces, assisted by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, launched an operation early Sunday Against ISIS east of Mosul, Iraq.
Local news reports said that by mid-morning the forces had retaken four villages and destroyed two ISIS vehicles containing suicide bombs.
Mosul, Iraq’s second city, has been held by ISIS since 2014.
Moves are now under way by Iraqi and Kurdish forces to encircle it.
Iraq’s leaders have repeatedly promised that mosul will be retaken this year, though U.S. officials have said that timeline is unrealistic.