Today in Afghanistan Iraqi PM Abadi announces start of offensive to recapture western Mosul. Iraqi federal police are attacking from the south, attempting to capture the airport. Planes dropped millions of leaflets on the city announcing the offensive and calling on Jihadis to surrender.
People in areas retaken from IS are purging every remaining vestige of their presence, including destroying the homes of IS members and digging up their graves.
An Iraqi human rights organization says that people in western Mosul are starving and that they know of 25 children who starved to death in January.
Today in Afghanistan