BBC: Battle for Mosul: The story so far
A long-awaited military offensive to reclaim the northern Iraqi city Mosul from so-called Islamic State (IS) is underway, forcing thousands of Iraqis to flee their homes.
About 30,000 Iraqi security forces, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Sunni Arab tribesmen and Shia militiamen, assisted by US-led coalition warplanes and military advisers, launched the assault on Monday, more than two years after jihadists overran the city before seizing control of much of northern and western Iraq.
The operation is expected to take weeks, if not months, depending on how much resistance they face from the 3,000 to 5,000 militants believed to be inside Mosul.
There are also concerns about the fate of the estimated 1.5 million civilians living there, with up to 200,000 possibly being displaced in the next few weeks.
The US has also said it is known that civilians there are being used as human shields.
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