>> These Kurdish Peshmerga guerillas behind me were part of a force that captured the town of Podolea about 400 meters away a few days ago. But they still can't celebrate. I'm Michael Georgy, Reuters Special Correspondent for the Middle East. These men seem very relaxed sitting on that hilltop talking, but there are dangers all around here.
Yesterday a suicide bomber drove out from a line of trees not far away and killed five of their comrades. So the battle for Mosul hasn't really started until the city itself is attacked. But even on the frontier here five kilometers away, there's still plenty of dangers and it's very difficult to clean up once a battle is won.
Each fighter has described a ten-day intense battle. On the first day, ten suicide bombers alone attacked them.>>
> There are so many bombs planted that I now regard the ground as my enemy
>> Eventually they won the battle, however, Islamic State fighters are still in the village under tunnels in the area. Civilians are too scared to come out, they could easily be taken as hostages. And the problem is if they go back too quickly there could still be suicide bombers.
Now this area is about four kilometers north of Mosul. So you can imagine if it took ten days to liberate that village, how long it will take to liberate just a neighborhood in Mosul which could have tens of thousands of people.