Iraqi forces near Mosul mosque where IS declared ‘caliphate’

MOSUL(AFP): Elite Iraqi forces said they were battling house by house in the Old City of Mosul, inching towards the mosque where the militant Islamic State group proclaimed its “caliphate” in 2014. Iraq began an operation on Feb 19 to retake west Mosul, which is the last major militant Islamic State group urban bastion in the country and includes the Old City.