October 17, 2016 / 6:11 PM / 9 months ago

Pentagon says Iraqi forces ahead of schedule retaking Mosul

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Peshmerga forces gather in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, October 17, 2016.Stringer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Monday that Iraqi forces were meeting objectives and were ahead of schedule on the first day of the offensive to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State militant group.

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Toni Reinhold

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