Six months have passed since the siege of Mosul was officially launched by the Iraqi army and its allies, including the US. Thousands of civilians have been killed in the battle, with hundreds of thousands being forced to flee the devastation.
Mosul fell into the hands of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) during the terrorist group’s lightning Iraq offensive in 2014 and became its de facto capital in Iraq.
The siege was officially launched on October 16, 2016, after months of preparing the operation and drawing forces towards the city.
The coalition forces outnumbered the terrorists by at least 10 times, had air support from the US and its allies.
The terrorists used car bombs, snipers firing from the city, surprise hit-and-run attacks and weaponized civilian drones to deter the attackers.
By late January 2017, IS was pushed out from the entire eastern part of Mosul, but the fighting for the western part across the Tigris River continues.