>> Iraqi forces advancing in Mosul's old city, as fighting intensifies against Islamic State. Helicopters firing rockets at militant's positions on Sunday, allowing ground troops to close in on Mosul's mosque. The troops made it to Mosul's train station on foot nearby giving them close access to Old Nuri mosque.
> Taking back the mosque will be a strategic and symbolic gain, and a blow to IS.
It was from there that their leader declared a caliphate in July 2014, after seizing large parts of Iraq and Syria. As fighting moves into narrow alleyways and densely populated areas, hundreds of residents are fleeing. Right groups expressing concern over the mounting civilian death toll. The battle to recapture Islamic states last stronghold in Iraq now entering its sixth month.