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erce fighting in Mosul's eastern neighborhoods of Tahrir and Zahra. The battle for Mosul, Islamic State's de facto capital, entering its second month on Thursday. Since Iraqi and allied forces breached eastern Mosul two weeks ago, militants have been pushed from pockets of the city. And some recaptured streets are coming back to life after two years of Islamic state rule.
But Reuter's special correspondent, Michael Georgy, who's been to the front line, says this is just the beginning.>> There's a general sense that a lot of uncertainty lay ahead. Especially with the campaign plan for Western Mosul which will be much trickier and much more dangerous. Because of alleyways, because of numerous tunnels, roads that don't allow tanks or armored vehicles that would give the Iraqi Army an edge over the jihadists.
It's shaping up to be Iraq's biggest battle since Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003. Slowing the advance are booby trapped houses roadside bombs, snipers and militants hiding among civilians. A US led coalition is providing air cover even so, the campaign could take months.>> The airstrikes are helping but of course they can't rule out all the Islamic State militants who are proven to be very skilled, quite bold.
They often carry out attacks at night against the houses where Iraqi soldiers are, and they're extremely unpredictable.>> More than 56,000 people have been displaced by the latest fighting. With more than a million civilians still living under Islamic State control in Mosul. That too could be the tip of the iceberg.