Main content

How is Mosul Being Liberated?

Mosul, Iraq. So-called Islamic State declared their caliphate there. The Iraqi Army wants to avenge its defeat there. Between them hundreds of thousands of civilians.

Mosul is today the scene of the largest battle on Earth. Some 100,000 soldiers, police and militiamen are bearing down on the ancient Iraqi city. Backed by Western air power, their mission is to drive out the so-called Islamic State fighters who’ve occupied the city since 2014. Mosul holds enormous symbolic value to both sides. The IS leader declared himself “caliph” there; the Iraqis want to avenge their defeat there nearly three years ago. Between them are hundreds of thousands of civilians. The UN says they face "extreme risks": water, food and fuel are already scarce. This edition of The Inquiry tells the story of the campaign and asks how the final phase could end.

(Photo: An Iraqi Special Forces soldier climbs through a hole in a wall as he searches for Islamic State fighters in Mosul, Iraq, 2017. Credit to: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

Available now

23 minutes

Last on

Sat 11 Mar 2017 22:06GMT


  • Tue 7 Mar 2017 02:06GMT
  • Tue 7 Mar 2017 03:06GMT
  • Tue 7 Mar 2017 04:06GMT
  • Tue 7 Mar 2017 05:06GMT
  • Tue 7 Mar 2017 07:06GMT
  • Tue 7 Mar 2017 09:06GMT
  • Tue 7 Mar 2017 15:06GMT
  • Tue 7 Mar 2017 21:06GMT
  • Sat 11 Mar 2017 22:06GMT

North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions

North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions

A spotlight on how North Korea developed its nuclear weapons and its plans for them

The Best of The Inquiry

The Best of The Inquiry

Of 100 episodes made over 2 years, these are our favourite 12 programmes

The Inquiry Podcast

The Inquiry Podcast

Download every programme.