By Simon Kent.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces have captured several villages from the self declared Islamic State, near the city of Mosul, the group's last urban stronghold in Iraq.
Around 5000 Kurdish fighters participated in the operation, which was backed by Coalition air strikes. IS responded by launching suicide vehicle attacks, but these were not successful.
Recently, a spokesman for Kurdish forces noted that IS fighters seemed to be getting worse-and younger- a sign the group is struggling to replace losses.
(Source: BBC News.)