An Iraqi Special Forces soldier racing to his colleague under fire on the rooftop of a CTS staging area in Bazwaya, 7 kilometers west of Mosul, Nov. 1, 2016. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)
- Iraqi forces have taken back about half of Imam Gharib
- IS offensive reportedly designed to help open an escape route to Syria for senior IS leaders trapped in Mosul, Hawija
Special report on the IS group's offensive in Imam Gharib
Members of the Iraqi Army’s 15th and 16th divisions, backed by Hashid Ashyari fighters, are engaged in intense clashes with IS militants in the village of Imam Gharbi, south of Qayarah.