Peshmerga open northern front in Mosul offensive

Peshmerga forces on the northern front advance toward Mosul on Oct. 20, 2016. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)
IS militants aggressively defend villages around Mosul in a day of grinding battles and casualties.
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    UPDATE: Operation to liberate Mosul begins

    A multi-pronged offensive by various Iraqi security forces marks the start of Iraq’s climactic battle against the Islamic State group.

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    Mosul offensive imminent

    Iraqi forces are in final position to begin their assault on IS militants in Mosul, awaiting only an official order from Prime Minister Abadi, which many officers expect early Sunday.

  • Zerevani soldiers stand behind a berm at the village of Badana Gawra on the Khazir front line, looking at oil fires lit by Islamic State in the village of Badana Buchuk, Oct. 17, 2016. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)

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  • Q&A: Senior Deputy Oil Minister Fayadh Nema

    Iraqi Deputy Oil Minister Fayadh Nema speaks with reporters on the sidelines of an OPEC meeting in Vienna on June 2, 2016. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

    The second most senior Iraqi oil official talks about plans to keep up production during a financial squeeze, and the terms for delivering crude to a Kurdish refinery, Ceyhan and Iran.

  • Q&A: Oil Minister Jabbar Allibi

    Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar Allibi. (Source: Ministry of Oil)

    The newly confirmed minister is seeking a "quiet" environment for improving relationships with both international oil companies and the Kurdistan government.


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