Killed in attack on wedding in Iraq

Some media reports have put the death toll from the Wednesday attacks in Hajjaj village at 30.

No further details were given.

No terror group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, though the Islamic State terror organisation has carried out numerous attacks in the region.

IS has also used large-scale attacks in an effort to distract from its losses as Iraqi forces battle to retake Mosul, the country's second-largest city, from the Sunni militant group. Since then the assault has been continuing to liberate western Mosul. The military took control of the last major road leading west from the city on Wednesday. Iraqi forces in Mosul have over the past week fought their way into the heart of the western part of the city, separated by the Tigris River from the eastern sector, capturing a government complex and the city's antiquities museum where ISIS had destroyed priceless relics.

The 9th Armoured Division and two Shi'ite fighting groups had "isolated the right bank (western side of Mosul) from Tal Afar", it said.

IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared IS' self-styled caliphate from a mosque in Mosul's old city in 2014 after the terrorist group stormed a number of cities in Iraq and Syria.

Abadi on 24 February announced the first Iraqi air strike on Syrian territory, targeting Islamic State positions in retaliation for bomb attacks in Baghdad.

  • Leroy Wright