Russia's Defense Ministry said its jets had launched 64 strikes and killed more than 300 militants during the operation, backing up the Syrian army.
Government soldiers were fleeing the city, activist says. Militants had nearly encircled the city and entered its northern and northwestern neighborhoods. Syrian army says it sent reinforcement.
About 30 shop owners were arrested and taken away blindfolded,seemingly as a warning to retailers to refrain from raising prices that could cause unrest in the city.
'This effort impedes Daesh's freedom of movement in Mosul, it inhibits their ability to resupply or reinforce their fighters throughout the city,' said U.S. spokesman.
Addressing a NATO parliamentary assembly meeting in Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan again criticized allies' reliance on Syrian Kurdish fighters to battle ISIS.
Upon seizing the Nineveh plains, Islamic State issued an ultimatum to Christians: pay a tax, convert to Islam, or die by the sword.
What started as a civil war is now creating new confrontations for regional power players.
Text messages sent from inside Mosul to Iraqi military intelligence reveals that although ISIS might remain lethal, it is mired in internal disarray.
Rations run low in neighborhoods that have been retaken from ISIS, forcing soldiers to share what they have with residents.
Islamic State militants have been driven from the town, an Iraqi military statement says.
ISIS' latest atrocity in Pakistan was an attack Saturday on a Sufi shrine in southwestern Pakistan that killed at least 50 people and wounded 100 others.
At least 20 killed, some hung from electricity poles and traffic signals as religious police patrol the city inspecting beards and SIM cards.
35 wounded in Egypt after assailant lobs bomb into a chapel close to the outer wall of St Mark's Cathedral, seat of Egypt's Orthodox Christian church and home to the office of its spiritual leader, Pope Tawadros II.