The long-awaited battle for Mosul enters its third day, in a push which has seen the Iraqi army join forces with various military groups in the country, including Shia, Sunni and Kurdish forces, to drive out Daesh terrorists from their last stronghold in Iraq. Mosul slipped into the hands of Daesh in the summer of 2014. It took months for the army and pro-government volunteer forces to prepare for the decisive offensive to liberate the strategic northern city.
Close to two trillion rials ($66.6 million), out of four trillion rials ($133.3 million), from the current year’s budget, have been earmarked for Iranian Red Crescent Society’s (IRCS) Rescue and Relief Organization.
Foreign-sponsored militant groups operating inside Syria have suffered major losses and lost hundreds of members as Syrian government troops continue to gain more ground in their fight against the extremists.
Rescue workers in China continue to clean up hundreds of tons of cyanide at the site of recent massive blasts at a chemicals plant in the northern city of Tianjin amid public criticism over the official response to the accident.