A member of the Iraqi rapid response forces takes part in an operation against Islamic State militants in south of Mosul

A member of the Iraqi rapid response forces takes part in an operation against Islamic State militants in south of Mosul

A member of the Iraqi rapid response forces takes part in an operation against Islamic State militants in south of Mosul in preparation for advance into western side of the city. Photo: Reuters

February 21, 2017 8:25 AM (UTC+8)