IS kills 2 in attack on Iraqi Kurdish base

Meanwhile, as the Iraqi forces were attacking the hardline group by ground, coalition and Iraqi jets flying overhead conducted air strikes and destroyed several ISIS positions and several vehicle bombs, killing tens of militants.

The Islamic State group in a statement later Sunday claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two people were killed and six others were injured Sunday when Islamic State militants attacked a base in northern Iraq where USA military advisers are stationed, Reuters reported.

"They tried to scare us into helping them, they said the army would rape our women".

Meanwhile, an Iraqi civilian was killed and three others were injured by Daesh militants as they attempted to flee Daesh-held areas in western Mosul. "The bombardment is continuous", she said, and the militants were setting civilian cars and trucks on fire to create smokescreens.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said, citing the Iraqi government, that 434,775 people have fled ISIL's last stronghold in Iraq since Iraqi forces launched the western Mosul operation on February 19.

The JOC says the forces "raised the Iraqi flag after inflicting losses to the enemy". "Despite the violent bombardment, we are happy that the Iraqi forces are approaching us".

"We saw fear and hunger and death".

More than 95,000 people have received ready-to-eat food rations in all accessible neighbourhoods of western Mosul city; over 70,000 have received 30-day dry food rations in at least 11 neighbourhoods, the spokesperson added. Still, even defeat in Mosul would still leave IS in control of swathes of Syria and Iraqi territory near the Syrian border.

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