By Michael Georgy DEBAGA, Iraq (Reuters) - Still limping four months after an Islamic State fighter fired a bullet into his leg, teenager Mustafa Muhammed says he and his fellow Sunni tribesmen are ready to join an offensive against the militants in their stronghold of Mosul. There they will face an enemy which seized control of their lands around Mosul two years ago, and whose fighters they know as fearless and highly unpredictable. "That's why they come to battle strapped with suicide belts." Daesh is the Arabic acronym for Islamic State, which controls large parts of neighboring Syria and swept through northern and western Iraq in 2014.
The U.N. human rights office said on Tuesday it had preliminary reports about scores of killings by Islamic State (IS) around Mosul in the past week, as well as new information reinforcing the belief that fighters were holding people as human shields. U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a regular U.N. briefing in Geneva the bodies of 70 civilians with bullet wounds had been discovered by Iraqi security forces in Tuloul Naser village on Oct. 20 and 50 former police officers being held outside Mosul city were reportedly killed on Sunday.
LONDON (AP) — Britain's government gave the go-ahead Tuesday to build a new runway at London's Heathrow airport despite concerns about air pollution, noise and the destruction of homes in the capital's densely populated western neighborhoods.