Al Jazeera: Peshmerga in heavy gun battles with ISIL near Mosul
Iraqi Kurdish forces assault town of Bashiqa, just 13km from ISIL-held Mosul, from two fronts as offensive continues.
Iraqi Kurdish fighters are exchanging heavy fire with ISIL fighters as they advance from two directions on a town held by the armed group just 13km east of the city of Mosul.
The town of Bashiqa has been surrounded by Kurdish Peshmerga forces for weeks.
Monday's push appears to be the most serious yet to drive the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) from the area, which is to the northeast of Mosul, the group's last major urban bastion in the country.
Al Jazeera's Mohammad Jamjoom, reporting from the frontline near Bashiqa, said "it was the biggest push yet to try to take control of Bashiqa since the battle for Mosul began".
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