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Islamic State: Battle for Mosul by land and air

While so-called Islamic State rules the road, Iraqi forces control the skies in the battle for Mosul, as the BBC's Quentin Sommerville reports.

Iraqi forces 'within sight' of IS stronghold of Mosul

On the front line with government forces pushing towards Mosul, the last major stronghold of so-called Islamic State in Iraq.

Hero's welcome for Chichester man killed in Syria

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The body of a Chichester man, who died fighting so-called Islamic State in Syria, is back in the UK.

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UN: 'There is already a humanitarian crisis in western Mosul'

As the Iraqi government forces advance, the UN is concerned for civilians' wellbeing

As the Iraqi government forces advance into western Mosul, the UN is concerned for the wellbeing of the approximately 650 000 civilians trapped in the city. Lyse Grande, the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, says the situation is already very bad. She is also worried families might be used 'as human shields by the Islamic state group'. (Picture: Iraqi forces, supported by the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries, advance near the village of Sheikh Younis, south of Mosul, after the offencive to retake the western side of the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters commenced on February 19, 2017; Credit: Getty Images)