CNN-Peshmerga Forces in key battle against ISIS

Peshmerga forces five miles from Iraq’s Mosul in key battle against ISIS

Kurdish Peshmerga forces are within five miles (eight kilometers) of Mosul, commanders said Sunday after days of fighting and sweeping territorial gains in the operation to free the key Iraqi city from ISIS control.

A coalition of 100,000 troops have been closing in on Mosul since Monday, liberating surrounding communities village by village and making quicker-than-expected gains.

Officials and analysts say that entering Mosul is likely to kick off intense street fighting as coalition forces try to retake what has become the cultural capital of ISIS’ envisaged caliphate, or Islamic state.

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