Iraqi special forces are carrying out an operation to recapture the city west of Baghdad from IS fighters who have held it for more than two years. Tens of thousands of civilians are believed to be trapped inside.
Iraq's premier has warned militants of the self-styled "Islamic State" to surrender "or be killed." Iraqi forces have made significant gains over the past year, culminating in the liberation of Mosul.
A year ago the Iraqi town of Fallujah - captured by IS in 2014 - was liberated. When Judit Neurink visited the town, she found the scars of occupation still prevalent.
US officials have congratulated the Iraqi government after it announced it has retaken the northern city of Mosul from IS. But the United Nations says the humanitarian crisis there is far from over.
The recapture of Mosul has brought with it the torture and mass execution of "Islamic State" fighters and their families. The government is looking the other way, and it seems the US-led anti-IS coalition is too.
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