Iraq-Kurdish force of 25,000 to retake Mosul from IS
A joint Iraqi-Kurdish military force of up to 25,000 fighters is being prepared to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State.
A senior US military official has said that the operation to recapture the northern city would probably take place in April or May.
Iraq's second largest city was currently being held by 1,000 to 2,000 IS militants.
Mosul, which was home to more than a million people, fell to IS last June.