October 2016: Liberation of Mosul Begins

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of October 2016.

1. Columbian Peace Deal Defeated 2. Turkey Fires 5% of Police Force 3. 2016 Nobel Prizes 4. Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency 5. Houthis Target Navy Ship, USN Retaliates 6. Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej Dies at 88 7. Boko Haram Releases 21 Chibok Schoolgirls 8. Iraq Launches Liberation of Mosul 9. Russia Announces "Humanitarian Pause" in Aleppo 10. Cease-Fire in Yemen 11. Police Van Plows into Philippine Protestors 12. Philippine President Duterte Courts China 13. Britain Invokes Turing's Law to Pardon Thousands 14. France Closes Refugee Camp, "The Jungle" 15. Police Training Camp in Pakistan Attacked 16. India's Tata Group Fires Leader 17. Thousands of Anti-Government Protesters Gather in Venezuela 18. Justice Dept. Files Charges in India-Based IRS Scam 19. Thousands Protest, Calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye's Resignation 20. Protests in Morocco Following Death of Fishmonger

Liberation of Mosul Begins
Kurdish forces outside Mosul
On Oct. 17, 2016, the Iraqi government launches an offensive strategy to take back the city of Mosul, which is the last major city in Iraq that is under the Islamic State's control. The city of 1.5 million people was taken two years ago by ISIS when the caliphate was declared. The offensive, launched by Iraq and backed by the United States, starts early Monday when 30,000 Iraqi and Kurdish forces combined with Sunni tribal fighters advance into the villages surrounding Mosul. The U.S. leads an air campaign to aid in the destruction of Islamic State infrastructure within the city. The Pentagon announces that by the end of Monday the offensive is ahead of schedule, but that approximately 4,000 to 8,000 ISIS members remain in Mosul.
Photo source: AP
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