battle for mosul
The fight to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul was one of the last and most significant victories in the Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition’s offensive against the Islamic State. But it came at a cost far greater than originally understood.
"Obviously I was scared that ISIS would find out where I was and kill me, but I was more worried about the horrible things they would do to my family."
Civilians are trying to escape Mosul's Old City as the fight against ISIS enters its final stretch.
The Iraqi army and its allies are pushing to retake Iraq's second-largest city from the Islamic State, but the offensive has not been off to a promising start.