Iraq Government

U.S.-aided Iraqis retake Mosul airport, face Islamic State drone attacks

The Japan Times

The cautious advance stood in sharp contrast to the first days of Iraq's push into Mosul from the east, when Iraqi forces quickly advanced deep into the city's congested neighborhoods, where they were hit with heavy IS counterattacks, including dozens of car bombs that struck the slow-moving Iraqi convoys with deadly consequences. Gen. Yahya Rasool confirmed to AP that Iraqi special forces entered the Ghazlani military base next to the airport on the southern edge of the city. On Sunday, after weeks of preparations, Iraqi forces launched the operation to take Mosul's western half, with the Iraqi regular army and federal police forces taking part in the initial push. A special forces officer overseeing the operation said IS targeted the advancing troops with dozens of bombs dropped from drones.