Iraqi Kurdish forces have seized the town of Bashiqa near Mosul from the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL), AFP reported Tuesday (November 8th).
Capturing Bashiqa would be one of the final steps in securing the eastern approaches to Mosul, three weeks into an offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the country's second city.
Bashiqa was under the "complete control" of Kurdish peshmerga forces, Jabbar Yawar, the secretary general of the Kurdish regional ministry responsible for the fighters, told AFP.
"Our forces are clearing mines and sweeping the city," Yawar said.
The peshmerga said there were still some suicide bombers and snipers there, and that about 5% of the town remained under ISIL control.