Daily Mail: ISIS declares state of emergency in Mosul after spate of assassinations
* Mosul is the biggest city in northern Iraq and a key oil-producing region
* The city has been in the hands of ISIS since their June 2014 offensive
* But now it is struggling to hold onto it amid airstrikes and ground attacks
* ISIS officials assassinated in Qayyarah, Sharqat and Bashiqa districts
ISIS has reportedly declared a state of emergency in Mosul and taken its troops off the streets after a series of assassinations.
The jihadist organisation, sometimes referred to as Daesh, is on the back foot in Iraq and Syria as it comes under increasing pressure from air strikes and ground attacks.
ISIS captured Mosul - the biggest city in northern Iraq and a key oil centre - in June 2014 but its hold on the area has grown weaker in recent weeks as the Iraqi army and Kurdish forces attack from opposite directions.
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ISIS declares emergency in Mosul after waves of assassinations -- Iraqi News
The end of ISIS? Crumbling caliphate declares state of emergency in desperation -- Daily Star
ISIS deploys special battalion in Mosul entrances -- Iraqi News
Iraq Counting on Russia's Assistance in Liberating Mosul From Daesh -- Sputnik
US delegation in Kurdistan as Mosul offensive appears to inch forward -- RUDAW
Turkey demands role in Mosul battle, but coalition unconvinced -- Al-Monitor
Kurdistan, US, Iraq to hold trilateral talks next week to prepare for Mosul -- RUDAW
Iraq: Isis tries to hold on to Mosul with special forces, torture of civilians -- IBTimes
Is Mosul heading for a last 'apocalyptic' IS stand? -- Orla Guerin, BBC