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