As Iraqi and Kurdish forces launch a military operation to retake the city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State (Isis), broadcasters are streaming the battle live on Facebook.
The operation, announced by Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi on state TV, aims to free Iraq’s second largest city and will be backed by US-led airstrikes.
The United Nations has warned of the humanitarian crisis that military action would bring.
In perhaps a first for wartime media coverage, news channels have streamed the ongoing battle live on Facebook. Doha-based state-funded Al-Jazeera and Channel 4 in the UK are among those sharing a live feed from the Kurdish media group, Rudaw. Read more…