The fight to retake Mosul, the biggest city in ISIS’ so-called caliphate, lasted over 10 months and was the biggest urban battle to take place since World War II. As civilians of Mosul endured the impossible choice of hiding in their homes or fleeing, running the risk of being killed by ISIS, the war raged on–bombarding homes and destroying everything in its path.
With unparalleled access back in 2017, VICE’s Ben Anderson followed the Iraqi Army as they fought the terrorist group, room to room, house to house and street to street, often fighting for days on end and suffering horrendous casualties on a slow crawl to liberation.
This report originally aired October 2017 on VICE on HBO.
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