>> As long as I live I won't forget that moment. I wanted the ground to open up and take them all right then.>> 21 year old Azad Hasan sat before a crowd in Mosul waiting for Islamic State to chop off his hand as punishment in a dispute over a flower delivery.
But first, he had to watch them do the same to his brother. It was a reduced sentence from beheading, that was a year ago. The family escaped when Iraqi forces recaptured their neighborhood. For over two months, the army's been waging a slow brutal assault on the IS stronghold.
>> At first they tried to come as if they were revolutionaries, so people supported them. But then they showed their real face, torturing, cutting off heads, they were awful to people.>> Azad says they had a decent life before Islamic State rolled into the city in 2014. But their delivery business ran afoul of the jihadists.
When a customer, a baker, and an Islamic State sympathizer refused to pay his debts. The brothers were accused of theft when they tried to take back their flower. Reuters correspondent Patrick Markey found the family on a farm just outside the city.>> And in many ways they're quite representative of the struggles and the suffering of families they're facing.
First on the Islamic State rule and then during the conflict to liberate the city. Have another brother who was kidnapped and shot presumably dead for what the family says was his role helping the Iraqi Army. And then we have the father now who has been injured in his legs by an explosion as he tried to return home to the family house inside Mosul, one of the liberated areas.
But this is just one family out of a million other residents who lived in Mosul, many of whom are still inside, and others who have left to refugee camps on the outside of the city.>> Azad says he kept a video of his punishment hoping to one day find justice.
A fourth brother, the youngest, left to join the Sunni militias now fighting alongside the army around the city, open defiance against their one time rulers.