>> Drones have become a vital tool for Iraq's army, as it continues its offensive against Islamic State in Mosul. The federal police says it's used the gadgets to monitor the militant's locations, and to pinpoint targets. IS in turn also uses the unmanned aerial vehicles to find army positions.
The second phase of the Mosul offensive was launched last week following weeks of deadlock. Islamic State has been pushed out of several more areas despite fierce resistance. Since the US-backed offensive began in mid-October, elite forces have retaken a quarter of Mosul. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has assured that the group will be driven out of the country by April.