Sabareen Zabidat, from Sakhnin in northern Israel, moved to Syria and then to Mosul in Iraq with her husband and three kids before fleeing back to Turkey.
The capture of the Grand Mosque would be a huge symbolic victory as well as a concrete gain but that may take some time yet. The attacking forces faced sniper and mortar fire as well as the threat of suicide car bombs and grenade-dropping drones.
Militants are vastly outnumbered and outgunned by Iraqi forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition; as many as 600,000 civilians are trapped with the militants inside the city.
ISIS blew up Jonah's Mosque in July 2014, but experts surveying the damage after it was recaptured in January found a network of tunnels dug by the militants, leading down to a 7th century B.C. Assyrian palace.
If you’re female and want to be treated fairly in Arab society, be prepared to pick up a gun, wear fatigues and shoot the enemy.
Bombers targeted Shi'ite pilgrims at religious sites in Syrian capital, killing dozens of Iraqi citizens.
A number of those released had been jailed for selling cigarettes, violating a smoking ban or possessing a mobile phone, all crimes under ISIS' rule.
U.S. and Iraqi officials believe the leader of the Islamic State has left behind his diehard followers and is now hiding out in the desert, focusing mainly on his own survival.
ISIS fighters smashed the ancient artifacts in a video released in 2014, leaving only rubble and ash in the museum.
The government buildings had been destroyed and were not used by ISIS, but their capture still represented a symbolic victory in the battle over the militants' last major stronghold in Iraq.