>> Iraqi government forces have seized Mosul's airport and a nearby military base from Islamic State, according to state-run media.
strategic victory, they claim, in their months long siege of the militant group's last stronghold in Iraq. They plan to use the captured complex as a staging grounds for a surge deeper into the western part of the city.
The battle of Mosul involves some 100,000 Iraqi soldiers, alongside Kurdish fighters and Shi'ite militias. These American soldiers embedded among the Iraqis. A staggering number compared to the 6,000 Islamic State members said to have been in Mosul at the start of the campaign. The coalition claims to have killed over a 1,000 of them.
But Baghdad has refused to quantify its own casualties. Iraqi soldiers Reuters spoke with say they faced drones like these at the airport, laden with explosives. Suicide car bombers also attacked them.
ught between these two forces are hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children. A humanitarian situation that will only escalate in the heart of the city.