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Welcome to Reporters.
I'm Philippa Thomas.
From here in the BBC Newsroom, we send out correspondents to bring
you the best stories from across the globe.
In this week s programme...
They killed the children, and the women.
Life under siege in Aleppo.
As a fragile Syrian ceasefire takes hold, Jeremy Bowen reports
from inside the shattered remains of the city.
These buildings were built strongly.
A lot can be restored.
You can't bring back all those who died and the country that used
to be here.
The scorched earth of so-called Islamic state -
Orla Guerin joins Iraqi forces on the road to Mosul,
the last bastion of IS in Iraq.
They were driven out of this town in just two days,
but the decisive battle is yet to come - the offensive for Mosul.
After five years of bloody conflict that's cost more than 300,000 lives
and seen millions flee their homes, Syria edged a little further
towards a tentative peace as a fragile ceasefire began this week.
The seven-day truce, brokered by the United States
and Russia, began on Monday.
It's aimed at stopping the fighting between Syrian government forces
and a wide range of opposition groups.
One of the worst-hit areas is the city of Aleppo,
split between the rebel-controlled east and government-held west.
Jeremy Bowen entered Aleppo just before the truce began and found
the shattered remains of what was once a thriving
and beautiful city.
No-one is taking down the sandbags.
The war spread to Aleppo in 2012.
In a divided, destroyed city, after thousands of deaths,
with hundreds of thousands of lost homes, no wonder
they are still sceptical a few hours into a ceasefire.
This is the west side of Aleppo, controlled by the government.
Many more have died on the east side, but the pain of death
crosses the battle lines.
Not much else unites a country that the war has left in fragments.
A soldier showed me a shell improvised by rebels.
He said they pack empty cooking gas bottles with explosives,
weld on a tail and fire them from home-made mortars.
This is C4?
So, he is saying that this is C4, which is an explosive.
You hear a lot of that?
Many, many, many.
By hundreds, by thousand.
Hundreds, thousands of explosions?
It was a small violation of the ceasefire, but this man
is haunted by years of shelling and by his grandchildren's fears.
He calls rebels terrorists.
He lost an eye and his son a leg to a gas bomb attack.
This is murder.
They kill us.
They killed the children, and the women.
We don't know what happened to Syria.
One day the war will end.
Peace will start with a ceasefire.
This Maronite priest, a Christian, hopes that day has come.
Rebels destroyed his church.
Many Syrian Christians support the regime.
He believes only negotiation will end the war.
He backs the ceasefire and believes pouring more weapons into
the Middle East leads to disaster.
TRANSLATION: From this church, I call on all
the countries of the world to stop the arms trade.
The money spent on weapons could feed many people and build
a civilisation of peace.
On the east side of Aleppo, which is controlled by rebels,
the cemeteries are overflowing.
They have faced much greater firepower than the west.
Air strikes, including barrel bombs, and more recently the power
of the Russian air force.
The ceasefire coincides with Eid al-Adha,
one of the biggest Muslim holidays of the year and, despite widespread
doubts that the ceasefire
would last, parents here, like those near the frontline
in the west, took a chance.
TRANSLATION: I took my kids to the swings today.
It was a risk because I don't believe in the ceasefire at all.
I don't trust the regime.
It is always breaking promises.
But I said the kids should have fun.
I could not cross into east Aleppo, but this was close to the frontline
in the old city - a tangle of medieval alleys that used to be
the greatest souk in the Levant.
Aleppo's old city was an extraordinary human creation,
now it is empty and dead.
The destruction here is tragic, but it doesn't match the loss
of perhaps 400,000 human lives.
Now, let's assume the ceasefire lasts.
First of all for a week, then perhaps for a bit longer.
The question is what can be built upon it.
Could there be a political process that inches this country
away from war and a tiny bit towards peace?
Or will it be like other attempts at ceasefires,
just a time when fighting men can rest, rearm, regroup and get
ready for the next round?
Jeremy Bowen, BBC News, Aleppo.
From the war in Syria to the conflict in Iraq now,
where the so-called Islamic State is also still proving a major
threat to the authorities.
Two years ago, IS overran Mosul, Iraq's second largest city,
and went on to take control of a third of Iraq.
Since then, IS has lost much of the territory it once held
and Iraq's Prime Minister has pledged to retake Mosul
by the end of the year.
The Iraqi army's most recent victory was taking back the town
of Qayarra, some 60 kilometres to the south of Mosul.
From there, Orla Guerin sent this report.
A parting gift from the so-called Islamic state.
Oil wells set ablaze, covering their retreat
from the town of Qayarra.
Here, the landscape of liberation.
Defeating IS will mean a lot more scorched earth.
By the roadside, remnants of their rule.
The Iraqi troops who drove them from here are still jittery.
Our journey was suddenly halted when a home-made bomb
was found up ahead.
A controlled explosion...this time.
Clearing this strategic town is a key victory
in the push towards Mosul.
Troops are closing in step by step, with help from US
and British bombing raids.
And what happened under the dark reign of IS
is now being uncovered.
We were given a tour of one of their jails.
A tiny space the prisoners were kept in.
Locals said up to four men could be crammed into a cell,
forced to stand.
They were even handcuffed to the doors.
Here, some of their names and the crimes -
smuggling, and trying to escape.
We don't know their fate.
For this tribal commander, the fight here is very personal
and it is not over yet.
His village, in the distance, still under IS control.
TRANSLATION: They blew up my house.
I can see it with binoculars.
My mother is there.
I have not seen her for more than two years.
It is very painful.
My brothers are also there, in front of me, and I can't
reach them, but we hope to retake the village soon.
Then we get access to a hidden layer built by the extremists
during their two years in residence.
Well, here, deep in the hillside, Islamic State carved out a network
of tunnels and rooms.
This was a place where they could hide, where they could take cover
from coalition air strikes.
It is pretty basic, but we have found some food supplies
that they left behind in their hurry to escape.
And they did have some creature comforts.
There was a electricity connected here.
Now, they were driven out of this town in just two days,
but the decisive battle is yet to come, the offensive for Mosul.
Many have fled even before it begins.
Makeshift camps in Kurdish territory are already overflowing.
Here they are free of IS, but still prisoners of memory.
These young boys saw men hanged.
TRANSLATION: He was escaping so they cut his head off,
then they threw him into the water.
They brought another five people, also dead.
Locals took the bodies and buried them.
In the coming weeks and months, the desperation here may grow,
along with the numbers.
The United Nations is warning that up to 1 million people
could flee Mosul.
A fresh catastrophe in this broken country.
That's all from Reporters for this week.
From me, Philippa Thomas, goodbye for now.
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