Iraqi forces are engaged in heavy fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group around western Mosul.

 

They say they have made small advances in two neighbourhoods but are being cautious because of a rising number of civilian casualties.

 

Al Jazeera's Osama Bin Javaid has more from Erbil, east of Mosul.

Middle East, Iraq, War & Conflict