Friday, October 21, 2016

Editor's Note

I am stuck in meetings today. Blogging will return later today. Military And Intelligence News Briefs and World News Briefs will be posted at 17:00 EST and 18:00 EST respectively.

Hillary Clinton: It Takes Four Minutes To Launch A Nuclear Missile Once The Order Has Been Given

CNN: Did Hillary Clinton reveal classified intel at debate?

Washington (CNN)The Twitterverse was aflame in the hours after Wednesday night's debate with questions about whether or not Hillary Clinton divulged classified information about the country's nuclear arsenal.

"There's about four minutes between the order being given and the people responsible for launching nuclear weapons to do so," Clinton said, explaining the quick decision-making required of a commander in chief and questioning Donald Trump's fitness for the job.

"And that's why 10 people who have had that awesome responsibility have come out and, in an unprecedented way, said they would not trust Donald Trump with the nuclear codes or to have his finger on the nuclear button," she continued.

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WNU Editor: I thought (and what I have read in the past) .... is that it takes two minutes from the moment of giving the order to the launch.

Massive Cyber Attack On Major Web Sites Being Reported This Morning

Here's a map of outages as of 9:20 a.m. ET, via Level3

Wall Street Journal: Denial of Service Web Attack Affects Amazon, Twitter, Others

Such attacks can knock sites offline by flooding them with junk data, blocking the way for legitimate users

Several websites including Twitter and Tumblr were unreachable for many internet users Friday morning following an online attack.

Web technology provider Dyn said its domain name system, or DNS, service was subject to a massive distributed denial of service attack. Denial of service attacks can knock websites offline by flooding them with junk data, blocking the way for legitimate users. Dyn’s DNS services are a key part of the digital supply chain that allow web addresses— for instance—to take users to the infrastructure that hosts them.

“We began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure” beginning at 7:10 a.m. Eastern time on Friday, the Web service said on its status website. “Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time.”

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More News On A Massive Cyber Attack On Major Web Sites Being Reported This Morning

Twitter and Much of The Internet Suffered a Meltdown on Friday -- Fortune
A major problem with the internet is preventing some websites from loading -- Business Insider
Internet Service Disrupted in Large Parts of Eastern U.S. -- Bloomberg
This Is Probably Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today [Updating] -- Gizmodo
Here’s What’s Wrong With the Internet This Morning -- Time
Spotify, Twitter among major sites to suffer outages due to cyber-attack -- RT

Syrian And Russian Air Campaign Halt Extended For A Second Day

Reuters: Syrian army and Russian jets halt Aleppo bombardment for second day

Syria's army and Russia's air force halted their bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Friday, a monitoring group said, on the second of four consecutive daytime unilateral ceasefires in the city that have been rejected by insurgents.

Heavy clashes took place in Aleppo during the night, outside the 11-hour periods during which the ceasefire is in place, Zakaria Malahifji, a rebel official with the Fastaqim group which is present in the city, said. He added that the bombardment overnight was lighter than it had been recently.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there had been clashes overnight along frontline neighborhoods of rebel-held east Aleppo: in Jab al-Jalabi in the Old City, in al-Ithaa and in Salah al-Din. There were also clashes in Jamiat al-Zahraa in the government-held west of the city, the Observatory said.

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WNU Editor: I guess this can be viewed as a warning .... Syrian Army to Clear Aleppo of Militants After Humanitarian Pause (Sputnik).

More News For The Battle For Aleppo

Truce holds in Aleppo but UN delays evacuations -- AFP
Reports: Rebels refuse to leave eastern Aleppo -- USA Today
Al-Nusra Front & allies sabotage humanitarian aid delivery efforts to east Aleppo - Lavrov -- RT
UN: Security Concerns Prevent Aleppo Evacuations -- VOA
Syrian Government Opens New Aleppo Corridor for Evacuations -- AP/New York Times
Russia May Extend Humanitarian Pause in Aleppo for Several Days – Russian Senator -- Sputnik
UN rights chief denounces Aleppo raids as 'war crimes' -- Al Jazeera
Aleppo Is a ‘Slaughterhouse,’ Says U.N. Official Seeking War Crimes Inquiry -- NYT
Aleppo siege and air strikes are war crimes: U.N. rights boss -- Reuters
Merkel threatens sanctions on Russia over Aleppo bombing -- Reuters
British PM’s demand to sanction Russia derailed by Italy & others -- RT
Aleppo: Who still lives in this decimated city -- and why? -- Holly Yan and Eyad Kourdi, CNN
We live in Aleppo. Here’s how we survive. -- Omair Shaaban, Washington Post

The NSA Has More Access To Phone Data Than Ever Before

Credit: National Security Agency

ABC News: NSA Can Access More Phone Data Than Ever

One of the reforms designed to rein in the surveillance authorities of the National Security Agency has perhaps inadvertently solved a technical problem for the spy outfit and granted it potential access to much more data than before, a former top official told ABC News.

Before the signing of the USA Freedom Act in June 2015, one of the NSA's most controversial programs was the mass collection of telephonic metadata from millions of Americans — the information about calls, including the telephone numbers involved, the time and the duration but not the calls' content — under a broad interpretation of the Patriot Act's Section 215. From this large "haystack," as officials have called it, NSA analysts could get approval to run queries on specific numbers purportedly linked to international terrorism investigations.

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WNU Editor: On a side note, why does the U.S. have three cyber defense agencies? .... The US Needs One Cyber Defense Agency—Not Three, a Top NSA Official Says (Defense One).

U.S. Government Alleges Former NSA Contractor Stole 500 Million Pages Of Secrets Over 20 Years

Foreign Policy: Prosecutors Detail What May Be NSA’s Worst-Ever Security Breach

When the FBI announced earlier this month it had arrested NSA contractor Harold Martin, it was clear the American signals intelligence agency had suffered a huge breach of internal security. But no one imagined the staggering amount of information Martin allegedly amassed in his suburban Maryland home: a digital archive that may reach 500 million pages, much of it secret.

In a 12-page filing on Thursday, federal prosecutors presented their most detailed accounting so far of the classified material Martin allegedly accumulated over a two-decade career in government. It includes “specific operational plans against a known enemy of the United States” distributed on a “need to know basis” and “notes describing the NSA’s classified computer infrastructure” and operations.

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More News On The U.S. Government Alleging That A Former NSA Contractor Stole 500 Million Pages Of Secrets Over 20 Years

Government alleges former NSA contractor stole ‘astonishing quantity’ of classified data over 20 years -- Washington Post
Ex-NSA contractor committed 'breathtaking' theft of secrets, feds say -- AP
Prosecutors say NSA theft the largest of top secret materials in history -- UPI
NSA contractor to face espionage charges for alleged data theft -- Reuters
Feds: NSA contractor's secrets theft 'breathtaking' -- CNN
Prosecutors: NSA contractor's alleged theft 'breathtaking' in scope -- Baltimore Sun
Ex-NSA Contractor Stole at Least 500 Million Pages of Records and Secrets, U.S. Says -- WSJ
U.S. Calls Alleged Theft By NSA Contractor 'Breathtaking' In Longevity, Scale -- NPR
Feds: Massive data theft at NSA could bring espionage charges -- USA Today
Prosecutors say contractor stole 50 terabytes of NSA data -- ZDNet
NSA Contractor Stole 500Mln Pages of US Secrets Over 20 Years -- Sputnik

Tweet For Today

U.S. Wants An Explanation From The Philippine Government On Their Announcement Of A 'Separation' From Washington

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after a signing ceremony held in Beijing, China October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ng Han Guan/Pool

Reuters: U.S. to seek explanation of Duterte's comment on 'separation'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will seek an explanation from the Philippines for President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement of a "separation" from Washington, the State Department said on Thursday, calling the remarks baffling and at odds with the two countries' close relationship.

Duterte said during a visit to China on Thursday that "America has lost" in military and economic ties with the Philippines and "I announce my separation from the United States."

"We are going to be seeking an explanation of exactly what the president meant when he talked about separation from the U.S.," said State Department spokesman John Kirby. "It's not clear to us exactly what that means in all its ramifications."

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Previous Post: Philippine President Duterte Says U.S. Has Lost. Will Align With China

WNU Editor: The Philippine President was very blunt .... and considering what China and Russia are offering him, not surprising. This is a pivotal moment in Asia .... everyone is now realising that the U.S. cannot match what China can offer, and in the case of the Philippines it is in the form of financial assistance, investments, loans, trade concessions, etc. .... U.S. has few good options for response to Philippines' Duterte (Reuters). As for President Obama's Asian pivot .... this is a nail in that coffin.

Picture Of The Day

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Russian pilots conducted flight operations from the deck of the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier, pictured yesterday belching smoke, with the nuclear-powered Peter the Great guided missile cruiser shadowing in the background. Daily Mail

Blame Russia For Everything

Rod Liddle, The Spectator: Stop this stupid sabre-rattling against Russia

It’s not their side that worries me; it’s ours.

I have been wondering these last few weeks whether it would be cheaper to excavate a basement and buy a Geiger counter and iodine tablets, or emigrate to New Zealand. Call me frit, but I don’t like the way things are heading. Probably the second option is easier: Armageddon outta here, etc. I can re-enact Nevil Shute’s On the Beach from some rocky cove near Dunedin, waiting for the fallout to arrive.

I was sentient only during the latter stages of the Cold War but from what I can remember, the two sides, them and us, behaved for the most part with a degree of rationality and common sense. (I like my politicians to be pragmatic rather than charismatic, which is why, if you were to ask who my favourite Soviet despot was, Brezhnev would always be the answer. Rather his grey, oppressive stolidity and détente than Khrushchev’s flaky, table-thumping, peasant-in-a-strop hyperbole.) Back then, when Reagan announced on microphone ‘we begin bombing in five minutes’ it was evident to everyone that he was joking. Today, when some deranged Tory MP clambers to his feet and demands we start shooting down Russian jets, it is evident to everyone that he is not joking, merely idiotic and dangerous. But it is a gung-ho idiocy which is catching. Every day sees a ratcheting up of the rhetoric against Russia. Some of it comes from our military, which is perhaps more comfortable dealing with a foe it understands, rather than with disparate gangs of nihilistic jihadi lunatics. We are warned, then, that Iskander missiles are being sited near the Baltic coast, the better to menace Latvia, with its large Russian population, and Poland. And then every day the tabloids tell us that Russian jets are flying up and down our coastline. As if they haven’t been flying up and down our coast for 70 years. And as if we have not reciprocated.

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WNU Editor: I have lived my entire life hearing about Russia that, Russia this .... while being bashed and criticised non-stop. I guess that is why I now have a thick skin .... nothing bothers me anymore. As for the latest cause-celebre .... that Russia is trying to influence the U.S. election .... I am just rolling my eyes. In the above posts Rod Liddle gives voice to the hypocrisy on what is happening .... read it all.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Will Russian President Putin Succeed In Overhauling Russia's Intelligence Agencies?

President Vladimir Putin, second right, and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, right, visit the Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate in Moscow, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006. Vladimir Putin on Wednesday visited a newly-built Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate, known under its Russian acronym, GRU. (ITAR-TASS, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

Anders Åslund, Atlantic Council: Only KGB Generals Stand between Putin and Absolute Power

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin rules supreme. On September 18, his United Russia party won its largest-ever majority—enough to change the constitution—in the parliamentary elections. He seems to be running circles around the West in both Ukraine and Syria.

Yet, Russia’s stability must not be overestimated. Last year, retail sales fell by 10 percent and this year by more than 5 percent, reflecting declining living standards, though social protests remain insignificant. But the real source of instability centers on conflicts in the security services. Putin is attempting a major transformation of Russia’s security services and state administration, trying to consolidate his power, but KGB generals in their 60s still dominate the security council and stand in his way.

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WNU Editor: The "KGB" will not stop Putin from obtaining "absolute power" .... they are not that brave to stand up to Putin. It is the Russian people who are (and will) stop Putin if he should go down that road .... and Putin knows that.

Is China Ahead Of The U.S. In Developing Hypersonic Weapons?

Lockheed's hypersonic missile concept. Lockheed Martin

Scout Warrior: US vs China: Is China In Front of the US in Developing Hypersonic Weapons?

The US wants to say in front of China with hypersonic weapons able to travel at five-times the speed of sound and destroy targets with a "kinetic energy" warhead.

The Air Force will likely have high-speed, long-range and deadly hypersonic weapons by the 2020s, providing kinetic energy destructive power able to travel thousands of miles toward enemy targets at five-times the speed of sound.

“Air speed makes them much more survivable and hard to shoot down. If you can put enough fuel in them that gets them a good long range. You are going roughly a mile a second so if you put in 1,000 seconds of fuel you can go 1,000 miles - so that gives you lots of standoff capability,” Air Force Chief Scientist Greg Zacharias told Scout Warrior in an interview.

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Update: The Future of Hypersonic Weapons (Daniel Norton, Cipher Brief)

WNU Editor: The Chinese and the Americans are not the only ones who are trying to develop hypersonic weapons .... Russia has made progress on materials for hypersonic planes that could launch nuclear attacks from SPACE (Daily Mail).

U.S. Navy Wants More Laser Guided Rockets

The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System converts 2.75-inch Hydra rockets into laser guided rockets, or “smart” munitions, by adding a semi-active laser guidance and control mid-section. (Photo courtesy BAE Systems)

Defense Tech: Navy Places Big Order for Laser Guided Rockets

The U.S. Navy has placed a big order for laser guided rockets made by BAE Systems.

The sea service this week announced a potentially $600 million contract with the U.S. subsidiary of the British aerospace giant for the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, or APKWS, according to announcements from the company and the Defense Department.

The deal, which initially totals $130 million over three years, came a couple of years after the Navy started testing the so-called “smart” rocket launchers aboard MH-60R/S Seahawk and MH-60S Knighthawk helicopters.

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WNU Editor: I guess the US Navy is in agreement with the Air Force that war operations are going to continue for a long time, hence the need for more and better weapons .... Top U.S. Air Force General: 'Expects War-Related Operations To Continue For Decades To Come'.

The Islamic State Is Morphing into A Guerrilla Army


Nancy Youssef, Daily Beast: ‘Islamic State’ Turning Into a Guerrilla Army, Top General Warns

Four days ago, the U.S. defense secretary was predicting a ‘lasting defeat’ of ISIS. Now, a top general is warning that the terror group is preparing for a guerrilla war.

The capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq is now under assault. But ISIS isn’t going anywhere. Instead, the terror group is beginning to rebrand itself from a “caliphate” to an insurgency, a top U.S. general fighting ISIS said Wednesday.

It’s much more than a change of name, or even a shift in tactics. It could well mean that there will be no “lasting defeat” of ISIS, even if it loses control of Iraq’s second-largest city, despite Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s claim of such a victory just four days ago, when the Iraqi campaign for Mosul began. After two years of either training local forces to fight ISIS or hitting the terror group with airstrikes, U.S. officials said they believe it still could evolve into the kind of threat that has plagued Iraq since shortly after the 2003 U.S. invasion.

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WNU editor: They are still far from being just a guerrilla army, and there is still their stronghold in Raqqa, Syria.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 20, 2016

Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. Reuters

Charlie Winter, The Atlantic: How the Islamic State Is Spinning the Mosul Battle

As the group sheds territory, its propaganda wing has been forced to come up with a new storyline.

On the morning of October 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launch of the operation to recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State. In the hours that followed, Kurdish Peshmerga claimed to have seized no fewer than nine villages and 200 square kilometers of territory. By lunchtime on day two, the spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition went as far as to say that the offensive was “on or ahead of schedule.”

Unsurprisingly, the Islamic State’s version of events read very differently. While its official media team conceded that the group had faced a large attack near Mosul on Monday morning, that was about all its propaganda shared with the mainstream news narrative. Indeed, while the peshmerga were counting up their captured kilometers at the end of the first day, the Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency was claiming that the reports were all false, and that it had, contrary to the lies peddled by the “crusader” media, managed to “absorb the momentum” of the encroaching forces before subsequently “repelling” them.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 20, 2016

Marching on Mosul: Iraq’s second-largest city will be liberated from Islamic State. But at what cost, and with what result? -- The Economist

These 5 Cities Matter Most in the Fight Against ISIS -- Ian Bremmer, Time

In Mosul, the End Is the Beginning -- Reva Goujon, Stratfor

Mosul battle could cause a 'human catastrophe' -- Zena Tahhan & Salam Khoder, Al Jazeera

How Mosul could redefine a key part of Obama's legacy -- Howard LaFranchi, CSM

Iran Pushing the Boundaries -- Will Fulton, Cipher Brief

Duterte’s pivot: Is the Philippines, until now a staunch American ally, falling into the Chinese camp? -- The Economist

Why the Philippines’ pivot from the US to China is unusual -- Xuan Loc Doan, Asia Times

What will Rodrigo Duterte's pivot toward China mean for the US? -- Peter Ford, CSM

Libya in chaos five years after the death of Moammar Gadhafi -- Matthias von Hein, DW

Libyans Would Have Preferred Hillary Clinton Kept Her 'Smart Power' Away From Their Country -- Anthony L. Fisher, Reason

What a sting on a regional governor says about how the Kremlin wins elections -- Svetlana Reiter and Jack Stubbs, Reuters

Why we lost the Brexit vote -- Daniel Korski, Politico

European Defence: This time, could they really mean it? -- Nick Witney, European Council on Foreign Relations

Venezuela Exports Its Crisis -- Mac Margolis, Bloomberg

Ukraine and Syria Are in U.S. Election Limbo -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

World News Briefs -- October 20, 2016 (Evening Edition)

CNN: Mosul: Most intense day of fighting since offensive began

Near Mosul, Iraq (CNN)Iraqi-led forces engaged Thursday in the most intense fighting yet in the battle to liberate the city of Mosul from two years of brutal ISIS rule, on day four of an offensive that's been met with fierce resistance from ISIS fighters.

But with the clashes have come sweeping gains -- the coalition has now recaptured at least 100 square kilometers of territory, a CNN analysis of the battlefield shows.

Iraqi Maj. Gen. Maan al-Saadi said 200 ISIS fighters were killed as Iraqi forces took the Christian town of Bartella from ISIS militants, the latest territorial win for a coalition of around 100,000 people quickly closing in on Mosul.

The Iraqi-led coalition launched the operation on Monday to retake Mosul, seen as the cultural capital of ISIS's envisaged caliphate, or so-called Islamic State.

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Iraqi special forces join battle for Mosul, US soldier dies.

Iraqi PM upbeat on Mosul offensive.

Mosul: Islamic State is 'a brutal opponent', says US general.

Mosul: Iraqi special forces 'already inside' battleground city held by Islamic State. Iraqi special forces join Mosul offensive against IS.

Tunnelling under an ISIL commander's house.

Syrian rebels preventing evacuation of Aleppo: Lavrov.

Nearly 500 dead, food running out in Aleppo: UN chief.

Syria conflict: Russia extends Aleppo ceasefire by 24 hours. Putin extends Aleppo humanitarian pause by 24 hours — minister.

Turkish air strikes pound US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria. Turkey: Army kills up to 200 YPG fighters in Aleppo. Turkey escalates campaign against Syrian Kurds.

Syrian army says will 'bring down' any Turkish war planes in its air space.

Yemen conflict: Fragile ceasefire holds despite small clashes.

Saudi coalition violated law with Yemen funeral strike: U.N. monitors.

Iran's supreme leader slams US election.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian suspected of throwing rocks at them: army.


US warns of 'overwhelming' response if N.Korea uses nukes. US pledges to do all it can to fight 'grave threat' of nuclear North Korea.

North Korea carries out second failed missile launch - South.

Duterte announces cutting of economic, military ties with U.S.. South China Sea: Rodrigo Duterte says 'US has lost' during Beijing visit, aligns Philippines with China.

China and Philippines agree to put territorial disputes aside.

UN 'deeply concerned' about rising child casualties in Afghanistan.

Afghan displaced crisis may be larger than expected, U.N. says. UN warns of displacement crisis in Afghanistan.

U.N. official urges Sri Lanka to take stronger measures to protect minorities.


Some 1,400 migrants rescued off Libyan coast.

Boko Haram overruns Nigerian military base in northeast.

Kenya accused of 'dumping' Somali refugees ​back over the border with no support.

Arms deals with Europe, Israel fuel South Sudan war: UN.

Ethiopia 'detains 1,600' under state of emergency.

Iran 'wanted Egypt at Syria talks' as Middle Eastern alliances shift.

Nearly 850,000 people in Madagascar face 'alarming' hunger levels : U.N.

Ivory Coast police crack down on march against new constitution.

South African police disperse student protesters outside Zuma's office.


NATO shadows Russian naval force, fears more Aleppo attacks.

EU steps up calls for deals with Africa to curb migrants.

Four-way talks move ahead on Ukraine, scant progress on Syria.

Kremlin satisfied with Normandy Four meeting in Berlin. Slight optimism after Putin visit to Berlin.

Dutch PM not optimistic on deal over EU-Ukraine partnership.

Aleppo atrocities force EU leaders to confront tense Russian relationship.

UK warships shadowing Russian naval task force.

UK police launch terrorism investigation after London Tube incident.

France's Hollande under pressure over crime as police protest snowballs.


US election: Trump will accept result 'if I win'.

Trump's stance on election results deepens rifts in Republican Party.

Venezuelan government slams as racist U.S. campaign ad linking Trump to Chavez.

Venezuela opposition politician Rosales granted house arrest.

Venezuela political dialogue difficult but must be pursued: Church.

Mexico seeks arrest of state governors caught in corruption rows.

Ex-leader of Brazil's lower house arrested on graft charges.

Edward Snowden blames ‘politics of fear’ for discouraging Canadian PM Justin Trudeau from repealing anti-terror law.


Terrorism is top fear for countries worldwide.

Treasury, Saudi Arabia team up to target Hezbollah financiers. U.S. government sanctions Hezbollah operatives, fundraisers.

Jakarta attacks: IS bombmaker smiles after 10-year sentence.


Cloud rise helps Microsoft top earnings expectations.

Apple complains Amazon's US site is selling fake products.

China is the big winner as Clinton, Trump disavow hard-fought Asia-Pacific trade deal.

World wine output expected to hit four-year low.

The Battle For Mosul -- News Updates October 20, 2016

Daily Mail: Nearly there! Iraqi forces celebrate reaching the outskirts of Mosul as terror group's hold on the city crumbles and youths pin notes on jihadis' doors warning 'now you will live in fear of us'

* Mosul youths plastered leaflets on the homes of ISIS militants and threatened to rise up against them
* Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi says battle to recapture ISIS-held city is going quicker than planned
* Iraqi special forces have charged into battle with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by ISIS today
* ISIS militants are reportedly retaliating with snipers and a series of suicide car attacks and roadside bombs

Iraqi soldiers raised their weapons in celebration today on the outskirts of Mosul as Islamic State's hold on the city continues to crumble.

It comes as Iraq's prime minister said the battle to seize back control of ISIS's last major stronghold in the country was going 'faster than planned'.

Meanwhile, youths in Mosul have plastered leaflets on the homes of jihadists and threatened to rise up against them.

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The Battle For Mosul -- News Updates October 20, 2016

Mosul: Most intense day of fighting since offensive began -- CNN
Two-pronged offensive launched in battle for Mosul -- Al Jazeera
Iraq forces retake town east of Mosul: commander -- AFP
Iraqi and Kurdish forces close in on Mosul after making quick gains -- The Guardian
Iraq: Mosul operation going quicker than expected -- USA Today
Fighting intensifies as Iraqi special forces drive toward Mosul -- L.A. Times
Iraqi special forces join Mosul offensive against IS -- AP
Mosul: Iraqi special forces 'already inside' battleground city held by Islamic State. -- ABC News Online
Battle for Mosul: Forces Seek to Free ISIS-Held Christian Towns -- NBC
Iraqi Kurds battle IS shadows in Mosul push -- AFP
'Sniper of Mosul' shoots several ISIS jihadists in four regions of the city as uprising surges against the group -- Daily Mail
Apache Helicopters Take Action in Mosul Offensive --
Pentagon: Daesh Will Resort to Chemical Weapons as Battle for Mosul Intensifies -- Sputnik
Abandoned villages on road to Mosul rigged with tunnels and bombs -- Reuters
Iraqi PM upbeat on Mosul offensive. -- BBC
Mosul offensive going faster than planned, Iraqi PM says -- Reuters
Operation to Liberate Mosul Advancing 'More Quickly' Than Expected, Iraqi Prime Minister Says -- ABC News
Inside Iraq's Mosul: 'We fear for our lives' -- Al Jazeera
Iraqis flee IS-held Mosul for war-torn Syria -- AFP
‘ISIS terrorists fleeing Mosul for Syria’s Raqqa’ – French President Hollande echoes Russian concern -- RT
Thousands of Iraqis fleeing Mosul arrive in Syria -- Reuters
This war is a drag! Cowardly ISIS fighters flee Mosul dressed in women's clothes after their leader orders wives and girlfriends to evacuate the city -- Daily Mail
Iraqi-Turkish split points to distrust among Mosul forces -- AP
U.S. general says will not support Shi'ite militia in Mosul campaign -- Reuters
Mosul: Islamic State is 'a brutal opponent', says US general. -- BBC
US General Urges Iraqis Not to 'Rush' Mosul Fight -- VOA
The bloodbath begins: Mustard gas. Truck bombs. Trenches full of oil. And a million civilians being used as human shields. How ISIS will unleash hell in defence of their last Iraqi stronghold -- Daily Mail
Battle for Mosul: Why Troops Reaching the ISIS Stronghold Is a Delicate Balance -- NBC
A look at US role against IS as Mosul offensive takes off -- AP
What does an adviser do? Mosul operation highlights elasticity of military support operations. -- Washington Post
What to expect in the fight for Mosul -- AFP

U.S. Serviceman Killed By Roadside Bomb In Northern Iraq

USA Today: U.S. service member killed in northern Iraq

A U.S. service member died Thursday from wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device blast in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

The U.S. military did not release details. American advisers are with Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul, the largest offensive yet against the Islamic State in Iraq. The serviceman was part of the Mosul operation, said a U.S. official who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly.

On Monday, Iraqi forces launched a major offensive to retake Mosul — Iraq's second-largest city — from Islamic State control. American advisers are generally positioned with headquarters and are not engaged in direct combat.

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More News On A U.S. Serviceman Killed By Roadside Bomb In Northern Iraq

U.S. service member killed in northern Iraq: military statement -- Reuters
US service member killed by roadside bomb in northern Iraq -- AP
US service member killed by roadside bomb north of Mosul -- FOX News
US Service Member Killed North of Mosul -- VOA
American Service Member Killed in Northern Iraq -- WSJ
US Service Member Killed in Bomb Blast in Iraq --