Govt forces recapture several villages around Mosul
Government troops and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are advancing to city.
In Iraq, government forces claim to have recaptured a number of villages surrounding Mosul .
The government troops and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are advancing on Mosul from the north, east and south to retake the Islamic State's last stronghold in the country.
Meanwhile, the International Organization for Migration has said that nearly eighteen thousand people have fled their homes toward government-held areas since the Mosul operation began.