>> US-backed forces are closing in on Mosul's main government buildings, as they battle to drive out Islamic State. Capturing them will help forces attack the militants in the nearby old city. It would also mark a symbolic step towards restoring authority over the divided town. Government troops also capturing the second of Mosul's five bridges, as they close in on the jihadists' last Iraqi stronghold.
But it's a slow, grinding fight, and will an enter an even more complicated phase in the densely populated old city.
deo released by a news agency affiliated with Islamic State shows militants firing back to defend their positions. The white van is said to be driven by a suicide bomber heading for Iraqi forces, a popular tactic of the group.
A stream of human misery continues to pour out of the city. Civilians, while glad to have left the brutality of Islamic State behind, have no idea when it'll be safe to return home.