CNN: Inside ISIS-held Mosul: Resistance fighters defying occupation
Erbil, Iraq (CNN)In the distance, through the dusty haze that envelopes the arid plains of northern Iraq, we can just about make out ISIS on the horizon -- readying for a fight.
In one of the lifeless villages along the main road to Mosul -- a city once inhabited by more than two million people before it became the main prize in the Iraqi portion of the militant group's self-declared caliphate -- a dozen or so tiny figures scatter around on bikes and in trucks.
These villages are deserted we're told, aware that an ugly fight is coming further down the highway, and that Mosul represents the last ISIS bid to dig in. Pancaked buildings and a large ferris wheel -- signs of the life there that was, has been extinguished, and may take years to come back.
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More News On All Sides Getting Ready For The Battle Of Mosul
Pentagon: ISIS preparing for Mosul offensive -- The Hill
Isis ‘rigs Mosul with bombs’ ahead of US-backed Iraqi offensive -- The Independent
ISIS shaving off beards, recruiting kids and booby-trapping city ahead of Mosul offensive -- Express
As ISIS's Caliphate Crumbles, Jihadist Tactics Are Evolving -- Newsweek
65,000 Iraqi soldiers ready for Mosul liberation battle -- Iraqi News
The ‘Mad Max’ vehicles which will bring freedom to Mosul: Kurdish forces reveal armour-plated cars ahead of their bid to free city from ISIS -- Daily Mail
U.S. troops' vital role in upcoming battle for Mosul against ISIS -- CBS