Iraqi elite troops seize Christian ghost town near Mosul

Iraqi special forces have seized the abandoned Christian town of Bartella, despite some resistance. Iraq’s prime minister claimed his country’s troops were advancing faster than expected in the battle for Mosul. (Deutsche Welle)

The assault on Bartella was led by troops from Iraq’s US-trained Counter Terrorism Service (CTS). CTS commander Taleb Sheghati al-Kenani told reporters in the town: “Its residents, its churches and all of its infrastructure are now under the control of CTS.” (Sky News)