>> One week into the battle for Mosul.
aqi and allied forces still not in the city itself, but moving ever closer, and clearing out villages one by one. Reuter's special correspondent, Michael Georgy, says officials have been cautious about when troops enter Mosul.>> You have to remember, there are many villages along the way.
20 have been captured so far from Islamic state, but all of these villages have tunnels. They have IEDs. They're very cautious about what Islamic state will do next. So it's probably not gonna be very quick, perhaps it's a matter of weeks. But actually clearing Mosul itself, if that happens, could take months and this is according to Iraqi officials.
>> About 50 now freed from Islamic state control. This video, which has no sound, shows what may be one of the gains. Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they've taken the town of Bashiqa, 12 kilometers northeast of Mosul. It had been seen as a major obstacle on the road into the city.
South of Mosul it's Iraqi forces leading the advance. Turkey says it's providing artillery support for the Pershmerga despite a direct request from Baghdad to stay out of the offensive.>> Turkey is trying to have a role in this fight. It is in Turkey's backyard. The Iraqis are very sensitive about this, and this just shows you how complicated, how many political minefields there are in this offensive.
Where you have Turkey backing one side, you have the Iranians backing one side, you have the Iraqi army that was of course collapsed when Isis first arrived, that it had gained some momentum. There is sectarianism in all these forces no matter what anyone tells you.>> Over the weekend they attacked the towns of Kirkuk and Rutba an attempt to divert forces from Mosul.
The Kirkuk attack now brought to an end. Pershmera say they're fully back in control. Mosul itself though, that still looks like a tough nut to crack.