> There's no escape. Surrender or die. Iraq's latest warning to Islamic State in Mosul. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaking at a military airbase south of the city, the militants last bastion in Iraq.
ter two weeks of fighting, Iraqi troops have pushed into the city itself for the first time.
Heavy smoke rising above the battleground, Mosul's Karama district. Inside, Iraqi state television reports clashes as civilians rise up against IS. The Islamic State stronghold is now effectively encircled, under attack by 50,000 Iraqi soldiers, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militias advancing from all sides and backed by US war planes.
Until now, the battle has focused on recapturing Mosul's mostly empty surrounding villages. Residents who didn't escape used by IS as human shielda, but the fighting ahead to be even more complicated in a built up cities still home to 1.5 million people. It's by far the biggest city ever held by Islamic State and its loss would mark their effective defeat in Iraq.
So far though, no sign of surrender. Instead, a welcoming party of snipers, mortar fire, and suicide car bombs to fight off the offensive.