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Latest update : 2017-03-20

Caught in the crossfire: The human cost of the battle for Mosul

It's been one month since the Iraqi government launched its operation to retake western Mosul from the Islamic State group. The government says more than 180,000 people have fled the fighting in the western half of the city. For those who remain, food and supplies are scarce - and they face the constant threat of being used by the jihadists as human shields. But the Iraqi forces also stand accused of causing civilian casualties. FRANCE 24's team on the ground reports.

A programme prepared by Florence Viala and Jessica Sestili.

By Matthieu MABIN , Gallagher FENWICK , Abdallah MALKAWI

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Jean-Vincent BRISSET

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2017-06-23 winegrower

Will global warming ruin French wine production?

Global warming is having a profound impact on the molecular make-up of grapes and therefore what we put in our wine glasses. According to one US study, the amount of land...

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2017-06-22 Africa

South Sudan: A rare look at both sides of the civil war

The brutal civil war in South Sudan is now well into its fourth year and shows no sign of ending. After violent clashes between government and opposition forces in the capital...

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2017-06-21 Middle East

Qatar out in the cold: What's behind the diplomatic crisis?

The small but energy-rich country of Qatar normally basks in the heat. But earlier this month, several of its powerful Gulf neighbours decided to leave it out in the cold. Led by...

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2017-06-20 Middle East

EXCLUSIVE: Embedded with Iraqi troops battling to retake Mosul from IS group

FRANCE 24 brings you an exclusive report filmed by Roméo Langlois and Amar Al Hameedawi, our reporters in Iraq. Our team on the ground were able to follow elite Iraqi forces as...

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2017-06-19 Middle East

Syria: The battle to retake IS group stronghold of Raqqa

The battle to retake Raqqa, the Islamic State group's stronghold in Syria, is well under way. A coalition made up of mainly Kurdish forces with some Arab fighters has been...

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