Exclusive: Inside the battle for Mosul, chaos on the ground

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Exclusive: Inside the battle for Mosul, chaos on the ground 4.5
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For more than seven months, Iraqi forces have been conducting a major offensive to rout the Islamic State group from Mosul. But the jihadists are putting up fierce resistance against the Iraqi army, which is assisted by coalition forces, including France. FRANCE 24 brings you an exclusive report from our team on the ground, which was able to follow the soldiers during these highly strategic operations.
In a lightning offensive in 2014, Islamic State group jihadists seized large swathes of Iraqi territory to the north and west of Baghdad. Since then, Iraqi security forces have regained ground and according to Iraqi military officials, the terrorists now control only 10 percent of the western part of Mosul, the largest city in northern Iraq and the terrorists’ stronghold.
►► Watch our exclusive report: "On the frontline in the battle for western Mosul"
But the battle is extremely difficult. The fanatics are putting up stiff resistance in Mosul’s criss-crossing of narrow streets, which are conducive to urban warfare and difficult for armoured vehicles to enter.
Our reporters Mathieu Mabin and Roméo Langlois followed the coalition forces in Mosul, including the French army. France has sent a whole contingent to give military support to the advancing Iraqi forces and to bomb the positions of the jihadists which are indicated by the Iraqi command.
As our team was able to witness on the ground, the battle to retake Mosul is progressing, but it is laborious - even chaotic. Soldiers are killed by friendly fire, the flow of refugees shows no sign of easing up, and the fate of prisoners is unknown - while reports are circulating of torture, rape and summary executions as many Iraqi soldiers are filled with revenge.
Warning: Graphic content.
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"The French unit never approaches the frontlines"

Classic

Author — Begotten

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So much greed in the world yet many don't take notice, huge appreciation for the volunteers and soldiers

Author — Matt

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SHOW NO MERCY, LET THEM KNOW THAT THERE IS NO ROOM FOR TERRORISM!!

Author — Israel Solomon

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This is amazing, , , how can there be so many terrorist if everyone is against them. Work together and eliminate them. And stop asking permission to shoot

Author — BILL C

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How much more blood has to be lost before the killing stops, Mosul needs some peace n soon

Author — Tom Rice

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Much love and respect from NorCal for our French brothers. You guys are doing an amazing job!

Author — Farmer Fpv

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14:28 is there a sniper aiming on the camera?

Author — Twibe

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Breaks my heart. Bless you all. Stay safe.

Author — nini's world

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Why does it matter what happened to the prisoners they can rot for all I care

Author — Firespin Entertainment

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imagine to only get killed by freindly forces

Author — Kill Me

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-we hit alot of your buddies
-yah and you missed alot of them
-thanks for the info stupid.

Author — Lt wolf

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"Only the dead have seen the end of war." Plato.

Author — Mark Yaske

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the pain of a mother losing her child is universal she has no boundaries

Author — Gafita Horia

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Wow @12:15 so many ways to kill someone

Author — BILL C

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I think it's time to bring in the Expendables...

Author — Brookenoel 85

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so sad .especially womens, they did nothing but they facing something sad

Author — RAW

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La france combat a mossoul et puis ce mangent un bon attentat 😂😂😂

Author — Zubayr Tsilesy

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How to they getting food water services and Amo 5 years on?
I just hope they don't bring their bull to Canada

Author — creedstat

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France24eng is funded partly or wholy by the Qatari government.

Author — Mansoor Ahmad

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No war what u take with u at death from this world

Author — Aljin Antony