Iraqi forces close in on last ISIL fighters in Mosul

The fighting in Mosul is intense as Iraqi forces try to clear out ISIL snipers and suicide bombers hiding in what remains of the Old City.

The UN believes up to 20,000 civilians are trapped in Mosul, the armed group’s last stronghold in Iraq.

The final push to end ISIL’s control of Mosul is proving difficult and slow as the army tries to protect the civilians trapped inside.

Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford reports from the northern Iraqi city of Erbil.

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