Iraqi forces recapture more villages around IS-held Mosul

A total of 20 villages were taken from the militants east, south and southeast of Mosul by early Tuesday, according to statements from the two forces, fighting alongside one another for the first time. Turkey is not part of the operation, despite repeated demands by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to participate. A picture taken from the top of Mount Zardak, about 25 kilometers east of Mosul, shows smoke billowing in the Iraqi city of Nineveh during an operation against the Islamic State on ...


Allardyce Sacking Not Our Issue, Says Rooney

Southgate keeps "hearing what English players can't do" but wants his squad to show what they can do on Saturday, when the interim manager confirmed Theo Walcott and Wayne Rooney will play from the outset. Former Everton youngster Rooney backed the appointment of the England Under-21 boss, and also suggested he was well-placed to succeed. John Stones said Wednesday that caretaker England manager Gareth Southgate had taken time to speak to players on an individual basis after being ...