Iraqi soldiers say the tower in the distance is IS's main mosque in western Mosul and sniper fire regularly lands across the river aimed at them on Feb. 12, 2017 in Mosul, Iraq. (H.Murdock/VOA)

Last Minute Police Round-Ups

As militants of the so-called Islamic State face off with Iraqi forces battling for Mosul, former local police officers in areas controlled by IS are rounded up and many are killed. VOA talks to one police officer who survived the last weeks of terror before Iraqi forces took his neighborhood, believing that the same cruelty is currently being inflicted upon residents of western Mosul. Fowas Khayradeen tells his story near his home on the streets of Mosul in Arabic, edited for clarity.

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