Iraqi forces have launched an operation to retake the northern city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State (IS), officials say.
The first part of the long-awaited offensive has recaptured several villages, the Iraqi military has said.
The aim of the operation is to retake Mosul within the year, it says. The offensive is being supported by air strikes from the US-led coalition. Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, has been under IS control since June 2014. Read more