Peshmerga encircle IS-held town on the outskirts of Mosul

People watch a burning oil well in Qayyarah, about 31 miles (50 km) south of Mosul, Iraq, Sunday. | AP
People watch a burning oil well in Qayyarah, about 31 miles (50 km) south of Mosul, Iraq, Sunday. | AP

Kurdish forces taking part in the offensive to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State militants are besieging a key town to the north-east.

Peshmerga fighters have surrounded Bashiqa, which lies on a crucial supply route 12km (8 miles) from Mosul, and are preparing to launch a full assault.

But the threat of suicide bomb attacks means they are advancing with caution.

A Counter-Terrorism Service commander also said its troops had gained ground around Bartella, 10km to the south.

Abdul Wahhab al-Saadi told the BBC they had stormed the villages of Khazna, Khazna Tabba and Tob Zawa.

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