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From here in the BBC Newsroom, we send out correspondents to bring

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you the best stories from across the globe.

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Orla Guerin joins Kurdish forces as they try to retake the last major

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stronghold of so-called Islamic state in Iraq.

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We're now at a distance of about 300 metres

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But this is really just the first stage of what is expected

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Almost a year after losing his wife in the Paris attacks,

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survivor Antoine Leiris finds a means of escape

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The long-awaited siege of Mosul began this week as thousands

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of Iraqi and Kurdish forces attacked the last major stronghold controlled

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The assault got underway more than two years after IS forces took

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The Iraqi Prime Minister said the hour of victory had arrived.

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But there were concerns for many thousands of civilians fleeing

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the fighting with no safe routes out of the city.

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Orla Guerin was with Kurdish forces, the peshmerga, north-east

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of Mosul as the first wave of attacks began.

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At first light, the advance on so-called Islamic State.

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Zero-hour had finally come, bringing an offensive that

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could decide the fate of the extremists and,

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We joined Peshmerga fighters from the autonomous Kurdish region.

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Their name means "those who face death", and they were ready

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Well, the offensive is now well under way.

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The Kurdish forces have been moving forwards steadily, and we've been

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We're now at a distance of about 300 metres

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But this is really just the first stage of what is expected

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It could take months to drive the IS fighters from the city

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First, they have to be flushed out of the villages up ahead.

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There were only a handful of IS remaining, but the Peshmerga

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Here's what happened when one attacker approached

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Before he could reach them, his vehicle exploded.

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IS attempted at least three more suicide and truck bomb attacks

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but the Kurds pressed on, with help from air strikes

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The Peshmerga say they are fighting a global battle.

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They are not just fighting the Kurds or the Shia", says this Colonel.

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We want to defeat them for everyone's sake."

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And this is the territory they took from the enemy today,

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Any civilians were already long gone.

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There was little enough resistance here, but it will be a very

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The Kurds are supposed to clear a path to the city,

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But as they drive out IS, they've been adding to their territory

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and what they've captured they intend to keep.

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Just one of the ways in which the battle for Mosul

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It was a day the Nigerian people thought they might never see. The

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Boko Haram girls who were kidnapped... After two-and-a-half

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years, they're free at last. Daughters reunited with their

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parents. It was a time for celebration. But also reflection.

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Praise the Lord. TRANSLATION: We are so excited. They

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never told us they'd come. These girls were among the 276 students

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abducted by the Islamic group Boko Haram. Speaking at an event to mark

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their release, one girl describes the horrors they endured.

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TRANSLATION: I never thought I would see you again. There was a day when

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a bomb dropped close to where we were. It was only by God's grace we

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survived. Today's worked out good for yet we are here. The parents

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wanted their daughters to get an education, but it was a choice they

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thought had cost them their children.

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TRANSLATION: I said to her, are you really alive and she replied "yes, I

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am" we both burst into tears. What did she tell you about her time in

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captivity? TRANSLATION: They were told their

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parents were no longer alive, that they'd been killed. All they did was

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cry. They never imagined that they would see us again. Fishes say

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negotiations are continuing, but dozens of students reportedly don't

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want to come home after marrying fighters -- officials say. For now

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these girls are celebrating their freedom but recovering from their

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kidnapping won't be easy, especially when most of their school mates are

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still being held. Martin Patience, BBC News, Abuja.

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Next month marks a year since the deadly attacks on Paris where

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Now, 130 people were killed next month marks a year

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where 130 people were killed, among them was Helene Muyal-Leiris.

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She was in the Bataclan music Theatre.

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You may remember at the time her husband, Antoine,

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wrote a very moving tribute to his wife.

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Well, a year later he has been telling his story

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On Friday night you stole away the life of an exceptional being.

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The love of my life, the mother of my son.

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I do not know who you are and I don't want to know.

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Today, Antoine Leiris remains defiant, dignified,

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For me it's the only way to not fall in craziness.

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Yes, sometimes it's difficult, sometimes hate comes and knocks

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on my door and says, "Hey, I'm there, I'm simple,

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You can go with me, it will be easier for you."

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But I just let her out of our house and, yes, I think it was

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His new book is an intimate diary, how he dealt with the loss

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When you close a dead person's eyes, you give them back a little

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She looks like the woman I watch wake up each morning.

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I want to lie next to her languorous body, warm her up, tell her she's

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It was like the walls of my room when I was alone were about to fall

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But writing was an open door to learn freedom.

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So writing has been Antoine's escape.

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Imagined to her from their two-year-old son, Melvin.

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Papa promised me that we would come to see you tomorrow, the two of us.

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OK, well, I can't wait to see you tomorrow and the day

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after tomorrow and all the days after that.

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I miss you, mama, I love you. Melvin.

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And while he holds no hate for his wife's killers,

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there is one thing Antoine has refused to relinquish, his grief.

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Because it's a connection to your wife?

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like, even a physical testimony, you know.

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You felt it inside you, very strongly.

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It's a testimony of how I loved Helene.

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Damian Grammaticas, BBC News, Paris.

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Antoine Leiris, a year after the Paris attacks.

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And that's it from Reporters this week.

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From me, David Eades, goodbye for now.

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A weekly programme of stories filed by BBC reporters from all over the world, ranging from analyses of major global issues to personal reflections and anecdotes.


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