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Iraqis Stream Out of Mosul as Battle Against ISIS Intensifies
Thousands of Iraqis are fleeing the shrinking ISIS stronghold in the west of Mosul.
Displaced Iraqis flee Mosul as Iraqi forces battle ISIS militants to recapture the west of the city on Feb. 28, 2017.
More than a week into the offensive on the militants' last urban bastion in Iraq, thousands of inhabitants have slipped out of the city, trekking through stony desert. Iraqi forces captured the eastern side of Mosul in January after 100 days of fighting and launched their attack on the districts that lie west of the Tigris river on Feb. 19.
A woman displaced from Mosul holds a baby as she arrive at a special forces base on Feb 27.
More than 31,000 civilians have been forced from their homes in western Mosul in the latest phase of the battle. The total number displaced since the offensive for Mosul started in October exceeds 191,000, according to the United Nations.