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e sound of progress for Iraqi forces in their bid to drive Islamic State out of Mosul. The US-backed campaign saying it's captured another district. The neighborhood of Zanjili just north of the historic center. It leaves Islamic State with an even smaller foothold, just two districts along the Tigres River, the densely populated old city center, and the medical district.
Here, up to 200,000 people are still trapped. As troops storm in, surviving civilians are streaming out. According to UN reports, children trying to flee have been shot dead by Islamic State militants. And the number of civilians being killed in the battle to take the city has jumped significantly.
Up to 80 were killed in one day in May, when an airstrike hit Zanjili. But the refugee camps may be no safe haven. Media reports claiming hundreds critically ill, struck down by food poisoning leaving at least one woman and one child dead. The militants continue to control pockets south and west of Mosul, as well as
] of territory in Syria.
But the fall of Mosul would effectively mark the end the Iraqi half of Islamic State's self-declared caliphate. Their leader declared it in a 2014 speech from the old city's al-Nuri mosque. Now that building is the army's next target. Forces navigating the narrow streets towards the final stronghold, eight months after the offensive first began.