Battling Islamic State A Visit to the Mosul Front

The fight against Islamic State in western Mosul is chaotic and brutal, with up to 200,000 civilians still trapped in the IS-held Old Town. DER SPIEGEL visited the front in Iraq to see how the battle is progressing.
A girl walks through the destroyed streets of Mosul.

A girl walks through the destroyed streets of Mosul.

Foto: Jacob Russel
Members of the Iraqi Federal Police force just outside of Mosul

Members of the Iraqi Federal Police force just outside of Mosul

Foto: Jacob Russel
Foto: DER SPIEGEL
Map: Mosul area still held by Islamic State

Map: Mosul area still held by Islamic State

Foto: DER SPIEGEL