The troops are equipped with heavy arms and armored vehicles



Jihadists have also fortified their stronghold to make the mission even harder for the Iraqis



A prominent Iraqi Shi’ite leader says its the beginning of ISIS' end



Several IS corpses are left on the battlefield



The jihadist group has access to mustard and chlorine gas in northern Iraq



Jihadists are no longer able to conduct effective assaults, says a Peshmerga commander


KRSC Chancellor Masrour Barzani congratulates the Peshmerga for liberating several Shabak and Kakai villages



IS has ordered its jihadists to withdraw from the frontlines



They new deployment is to assist Peshmerga in the area