Fight for Mosul: One month on
Updated 0941 GMT (1741 HKT) November 19, 2016
(CNN)Suicide bombs and street-to-street fighting, human shields and a humanitarian crisis. The battle to recapture Mosul from ISIS has been raging for a month. So where do things stand?
Are Iraqi-led forces close to victory, or are the militants digging in for a lengthy and dogged war of attrition?
Mosul is ISIS's last major stronghold in Iraq -- and the terror group has shown that it is willing to go to almost any lengths to keep hold of it, using everything from suicide bombs to booby-trapped toys in its desperate fight.
ISIS has had months to prepare for the offensive -- building tunnels, constructing explosives, rigging abandoned houses to detonate and plotting counterattacks; reinforcements were reportedly brought in from Raqqa in Syria to help defend the city.
The conflict is "not a conventional war," according to Iraq's former foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari.
And even as areas are swept clean of ISIS fighters, the battle is not over: It will take months to clear the terrorists' former territory of IEDs.
"They put them on the road, in the houses. We liberate a village and they are everywhere -- people come back to their homes, open a door or