The Iraq’s Special Forces were heading to the front lines in West of the Mosul after gaining ground from the Islamic State Group a day earlier.

Heavily Armored Humvees weaved through the wreckage of the city.

Roads ripped apart by improvised explosive devices, artillery shells and air strikes.

Although the neighborhoods have been taken by the Security Forces, they remain dangerous.

The Special Forces’ objective, the neighborhood of Nablus, was claimed by the Iraqis two days ago.

The fighting was now door to door. The high ground was controlled by snipers, watching, waiting.

Just one street away is an I.S. Position, and the fighters are enemies that prove very difficult to dislodge.

An estimated half a million civilians are still in Mosul. Many have fled but more remain, barricaded inside their homes.