Ground offensive on western half of the city starts
Iraqi federal police forces, backed by US air support, last Thursday took control of IS-held Mosul airport. "We have entered the airport and engineering units are clearing the roads," Hisham Abdul Kadhem, commander of the Rapid Response's Scorpion Regiment, told AFP inside the airport. Earlier in the week Iraqi forces, with aerial support from the US-led coalition, pushed back IS fighters.
Azerbaijan's separatist Nagorny Karabakh region voted last Monday in a referendum on presidential powers that international observers warned was illegal and obstructed efforts to end the long-lasting conflict, news wires reported.