>> Walking away from the Islamic State, hundreds of civilians now able to flee the old city of Mosul. Iraqi forces have opened escape routes in the battle to retake the city's quarter from the group. But more than 100,000 civilians, half of them believed to be children, are still trapped with little food, water or medical treatments.
Iraqi authorities say Islamic State is trying to prevent them from leaving, so that they can be used as human shields. Hundreds have been killed in the past three weeks. And those who have run away leave difficult memories behind.>> They took revenge on us. I've lived 62 years, but I've never been through anything like this.
> Mosul fell into the hands of Islamic State three years ago. It's where the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate at the 850 year old al-Nuri mosque. That same mosque was destroyed by Islamic State militants on Wednesday. Iraq's prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, says it's the group's official declaration of defeat.
The Iraqi government had hoped to retake Mosul by the end of 2016. But it's now aiming to announce victory over the next few days, just in time for the Muslim Eid holiday, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.