In pictures: Iraqi troops push deeper into Mosul
Just over five weeks ago, Iraqi government forces launched a major offensive to retake the city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State. Jewan Abdi has been following special forces personnel advancing from the east.
Image copyright JEWAN ABDI Image caption Iraqi special forces personnel wait in their Humvees for the order to start the assault on Kukjali, a district on the eastern outskirts of Mosul.
Image copyright JEWAN ABDI Image caption A man holds up a white flag as he walks towards special forces troops in Kukjali. Many of the civilians the troops encounter say they are happy to see them and offer them cups of tea, even when the fighting is only metres away.
Image copyright JEWAN ABDI Image caption Ahmed, a member of the special forces, asks a man about the locations of IS militants and civilians in Kukjali, on Mosul’s eastern outskirts. Kukjali was the first area within the city limits to be entered by Iraqi forces.
Image copyright JEWAN ABDI Image caption Snipers take up a position in Kukjali. A few minutes later, they spotted IS militants and opened fire.
Image copyright JEWAN ABDI Image caption Even after taking control of Kukjali, the troops were concerned that civilians would be targeted by IS sniper and mortar fire, and instructed them to stay indoors.
Image copyright JEWAN ABDI Image caption The troops are having to clear Mosul’s densely-populated residential areas house by house. In one building in Qadsiya, they found military uniform, body armour and a black IS banner, which they are held upside down here. Read more