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Battle for Mosul: Special coverage

Date of publication: 5 January, 2017

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Inside the offensive to retake the last bastion of the Islamic State group in Iraq
More than 125,000 people have been displaced since the start of the battle to retake Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, from the Islamic State group.

Following months of build-up in which the city was surrounded by Iraqi troops, Iranian-backed paramilitaries, and Turkish-supported fighters - under the aerial cover of the United States air force - the offensive has raged since October.

Civilians have been caught in the crossfire as Islamic State group fighters try to hold on to their last major stronghold in Iraq. But how long will the fight take? And what comes next? Follow all of our coverage right here.

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