A fight between Iraqi troops and the Islamic State has been going on in the city of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. (The largest is the capital city of Baghdad.) Mosul is currently under control of a group called the Islamic State (IS also known as ISIS), and the troops are trying to get the city back. In the last couple of years, the IS has taken over large parts of Iraq and Syria.
IS is a group whose aim is to establish a state for Muslim people where strict Islamic law is followed. The group’s leader is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He calls himself a spiritual leader of the Muslim people. The IS came out of another group in Iraq. It was well-funded and became very powerful. In 2014, the IS started taking over large parts of Iraq, and then moved on to take over parts of Syria. People from around the world have gone to Syria and Iraq to join and fight with the group. The IS is known for being strict, harsh, and brutal. The group has killed many people, including many Muslims who don’t agree with its philosophy.
Here are two videos, one is about the fight in Mosul and the other is about the IS.
Image Credits: In Homeland Security for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s image
Sources: Seeker Daily, Vox, http://www.worldatlas.com, bbc