Kurdish peshmerga forces preparing to join the attack on Mosul, the Islamic Statestronghold in northern Iraq, have written to the UK defence secretary, Michael Fallon, asking urgently for equipment to protect themselves from an Isis chemical attack.

The battle for Mosul, designed to end the Isis caliphate in Iraq, is expected to begin as early as middle of this month, with peshmerga forces likely to play a vital role. Continue Reading.