What is the use of liberating us, but then letting ISIS come back to kill us?
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Battle for Iraq

As Iraqi forces attempt to retake Mosul from Isis, Guardian reporter Ghaith Abdul-Ahad joins their elite Golden Division on the frontline to examine the fight and its toll

Ghaith reveals what retaking the city means for the future of his country. He will also discover the harsh realities of what it's like to live and survive under Isis – and under the Iraqi army. The fight inside the city is brutal and slow, and losses are mounting with countless civilians and over 2,000 security personnel reportedly killed since the offensive began.

Iraqi special forces are leading the charge to liberate the city. We witness their struggle close-up, with the filmmakers even surviving a suicide truck bomb aimed at killing the group's leader Lt Col Muntadher, known to his troops as 'Steel'.

  • Nominated for an Emmy for Best Story in a Newsmagazine

  • Nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Coverage of a News Story

Directed and Produced by Joshua Baker

Reported by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

Senior Producer Dan Edge

Edited by Gary Beelders

Executive Producer for FRONTLINE: Raney Aronson-Rath

Executive Producers for the Guardian: Mustafa Khalili and Christian Bennett

Music by Jonny Pilcher


2017 for FRONTLINE PBS and the Guardian