In a bid to recapture territory controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Iraqi government forces in coalition with Kurdish troops and US ground and air support have launched an offensive in Mosul, the second largest city of Iraq and the ISIL’s stronghold.
And it has all been live-streamed on Facebook.
A grim display of military might, tenacity and the consequent destruction has been on display in videos splashed across social media since yesterday.
It is difficult to make sense of a lot of what is happening in the videos, but there is enough fire, smoke and suicide bombing to depress the life out of you.
And while reports say that a considerable amount of territory has been regained from the IS at the end of Day Two...
...the condition of the evacuated people and those still caught in the crossfire has attracted attention from humanitarian aid groups.
Twitterati have sent out their thoughts to the civilians of Mosul in this time of crisis.
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