Mosul is a major city in northern Iraq, which had an ethnically diverse population of over 1.8 million at the start of the 21st century.
An estimated half million people fled Mosul in the second half of 2014 when the jihadist IS began its fight for control of the city. Since October 2016 it has been the site of a military operation led by the Iraqi government, in an effort to dislodge and the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant." This was the largest deployment of Iraqi forces since the 2003 invasion of Iraq by US and coalition forces. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to Mosul.
Where IS has been expelled, Iraqi society is in disarray. Lovers who could only marry and get children under the militants' watchful eyes are now looking to have their unions recognized – with the help of a mobile court.
Iraqi forces have seized most parts of the northern city of Tal Afar from "Islamic State" (IS). The city is strategically important as it lies on the supply route between Syria and the former IS stronghold of Mosul.
Phone-ins are a harmless part of many radio shows, but not on Alghad Radio, a rebel broadcaster set up in Mosul to challenge the so-called Islamic State who controlled the Iraqi city for three years from June 2014. As Ashley Byrne reports, one caller paid with his life.