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e thud of artillery as Kurdish Peshmerga forces make their final push into Bashiqa.
ttling to retake the northern Iraqi town from Islamic State, a 2,000-strong force finally entering it on Tuesday. Taking control of the tunnels IS snipers were using to hide in. With the Kurds making progress on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraqi forces are closing in on the city itself.
the eastern Intisar district, residents relieved at the sight of government soldiers arriving but anxious to leave in case the militants launch a counter attack. As Iraqi forces gradually regain control of areas lost to Islamic State, the scale of the militants' atrocities becomes ever clearer. In the town of Hamam al-Alil to the south of Mosul, security forces say they found a mass grave.
150 decapitated bodies including children strewn across a piece of barren land. While the UN says IS fighters fleeing the town have taken over 1,000 families with them. Nearly 300 former Iraqi security forces are also thought to have been abducted by Islamic State. Just some of the many missing in Iraq.