From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
In Northern Iraq, US airstrikes have hit targets held by the Islamic State group near Mosul Dam.
But well-armed Islamic State fighters appear to be changing tactics slowing down the gains made by Kurdish peshmergas.
Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from Gwer in northern Iraq.