From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
Allied Iraqi forces say they are closing in on the ISIL stronghold of Mosul and are working to clear a key road between the city and Erbil.
The operation to push ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, from Mosul was launched on Monday after months of planning.
Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr, who is embedded with Peshmerga forces, reports from outside Hamdaniya in northern Iraq: