ISIS militants are being squeezed out of their final strongholds in eastern Syria.
The cities of Mosul, Iraq and Aleppo, Syria have both been devastated by war. And in both, civilians have suffered greatly as a result. But can the two conflicts really be equated?
The Pentagon has confirmed that the ISIS-fighting coalition carried out a strike on March 17 in an area of western Mosul where residents say more than 100 civilians were killed. US officials say they're investigating the incident.
A renewed push against ISIS in Iraq launched on March 5 has forced the radical militants from several neighborhoods and key sites, including the main local government headquarters and the famed Mosul museum.
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad was born in Baghdad but used to visit Mosul with his family frequently. Today, Mosul is nothing like what Abdul-Ahad remembers.
This Iraqi decided to become an English teacher while US troops were stationed in his town south of Mosul. When ISIS took over, they forced him — with death threats — to keep teaching, but to teach their version of facts.
Zikra Younis aspired to be a radio journalist, even though her husband forbade it. Then ISIS came along.
At a makeshift court outside Mosul, suspected ISIS fighters receive legal representation and go through a layered investigation before being sentenced or released.
Black clouds replace the black flag as the Islamic State leaves behind a toxic parting gift to a liberated town south of Mosul, Iraq.
In order to escape, residents have to negotiate their way through a hail of sniper fire, mortars and airstrikes.
Muhammad lived in Mosul when the Islamic State took control. Now in a camp for displaced people, he lives to tell the story.