Iraqi PM orders airstrikes against IS in Syria

But while it loses ground, Islamic State has continued to carry out bombing attacks on civilian targets elsewhere in Iraq. Iraq's federal police, special forces and the army are taking part in the battle, which started Sunday. Traditionally, U.S. and European military advisers have not fought on the front lines in ISIS-dominant areas, but that changed recently when they embedded with forward-deployed Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and began the fight for west Mosul.


Drivers react to new race format after crash-marred Daytona 500

Earnhardt was leading at the time . LaJoie is now ready to go race Sunday in the Daytona 500 . Chase Elliott, 2016's Rookie of the Year, captured his second straight Daytona pole in qualifying last week. "It's going to be work in progress as we go (with) NASCAR working with the race teams", O'Donnell said. "The sport's gone through some changes". While some might attribute the helter-skelter races to NASCAR's new race format, we're not entirely convinced that's the case.