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Dawn-Marie will be back in an hour. Coming up next, Reporters.


Welcome to Reporters. From here we send out correspondence to bring you


the best stories from across the globe. In this week's programme: The


street to street battle for Mosul. Quentin Somerville joins Iraq's


counterterrorist forces as they face stiff resistance from so-called


Islamic State militants. Islamic State are 200 metres in that


direction. Look over here, you can see children running and playing.


This war is happening on peoples doorsteps. Hale Trump, hail our


people, held victory. The American far right new awakening. We meet


members of the alt-right, the white Nationalist Movement Party staring


up race relations in the US. And Katie Watson goes on patrol with


Mexico's all women traffic cops, but are women better at fighting the


country's endemic corruption? TRANSLATION: Some drivers are


aggressive. They feel uncomfortable with a woman doing it. They used to


be the powerful one. Iraqi forces say they are being


slowed down and their advanced against so-called Islamic State in


the city of Mosul. They are facing stiff resistance from IS who are


fighting back with sniper fire and suicide bombings. The Iraqis are


also worried about causing civilian casualties, particularly in the east


of Mosul where street to street battles raging. Quentin Somerville


has been travelling with Iraqi counterterrorism forces. Their


report contains some distressing images.


In a battle for a city this big progress is not always easy to map.


After five weeks of fighting, much of Mosul has still to be retaken.


Below, the war plays out. In the streets, life or death is


decided in the blink of an eye. Just metres away, the so-called Islamic


State. In no man's land, a dead body. Iraqi special forces say he


was an IS fighter, one of a dozen they have shot dead this week.


TRANSLATION: Yes, many civilians have been attacked by IS fighters,


but they also view them as human shields. It is very difficult for


us. Sometimes they come forward carrying babies, using them as


cover. Near by a car bomb detonates.


The only safe way past this front is through walls, holes, and backyards.


We are right at the very edge here. Islamic State are 200 metres in that


direction. Look over here, you can see children running, children


playing, people are living 20 metres away from here. Yesterday there was


a car bomb. No military were injured, just civilians. This war is


happening on peoples doorsteps. At house after house, white flags


are raised. Where else could these children and their families go. An


exodus would cause a humanitarian disaster for Iraq. They watch on in


disbelief. This man's son has just been shot in the chest. And I


sniper's bullet, say his brothers, they had left the house only a few


moments ago to sell eggs. -- a IS sniper's bullet. He has gone? The


appalling truth is that his death is one of hundreds here every week.


This is the horror of this situation. We cannot even take the


boy's body down the street because they are worried the sniper is still


down there. You can hear the gunfire, you can hear the


heartbroken family in there. Many people are still trapped in the


city. Fighting is going on all around them.


And this is the moment his brothers realise he's gone.


And while people remain here, much more will have to be endured.


The fight for Mosul has only just begun.


Quentin Sommerville, BBC News, Mosul.


Donald Trump's election has many people concerned about race


One group that has been associated with his campaign is a white


nationalist movement, known as the Alt Right,


and last weekend they met in Washington to talk


about what they see as their new awakening.


Hundreds gathered outside that meeting to protest against a group


This protest outside this building, very close to the White House


is because of an Alt Right conference that's going on inside.


We've already seen it get very heated indeed.


Particularly when one of the people attending the conference went


They started calling us Nazis, which is incorrect, because I'm not


a racist, I'm a very tolerant person.


Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory.


Filmed by the Atlantic, this was what was going


To be white is to be a striver, a crusader, an explorer


We build, we produce, we go upward.


Earlier in the day we were allowed in, too.


But with outsiders watching, the tone was different.


I do think that we have, you could say, a psychic connection,


or a deeper connection with Donald Trump.


It was clear that while Donald Trump says he denounces racism,


far right leaders here feel their ideas helped shape him


as a candidate and will guide him as president.


Many in the room told me of their excitement


This is the first time in a very long time I've been interested


Because someone was talking your language?


Someone was touching on something very real.


Can you understand why Muslim Americans, for example,


why African Americans might be concerned, might be worried?


Can they understand why we might be concerned?


That we are being replaced and being forced to become


I've spent a lifetime fighting for these causes,


I've always felt that a harmogenous state is a happy state.


Just imagine by accident of birth that you'd been born


If I were African-American I hope I'd feel the way I feel now,


that I would dedicate myself to improving my people and living


with my people and I would have no trouble with white people who wanted


And whether he likes it or not people with these views feel


America was, until this past generation, a white country,


designed for ourselves and our posterity.


Aleem Maqbool, BBC News, Washington.


Corruption is a massive problem in Mexico.


It costs the country billions of dollars every year,


and the problem is most acute in Mexico State.


Their solution is a police force with fewer men.


Katie Watson reports on the all-female traffic


cop team that's helping to combat corruption.


Together with 400 other women, these two are part


Five years ago, authorities got rid of all the men in the department


and decided only women should do the job because they are more


trustworthy, but it's not without its challenges.


TRANSLATION: Some drivers are aggressive and feel


uncomfortable with a woman giving them a fine, they are used


to being the strong and powerful one in control, but these are life


experiences that taught us to change attitudes and be emotionally strong,


First offender identified, Rosa is in charge of doling out


the fine for this taxi driver not wearing his seatbelt.


It may not be his day, but he doesn't seem too grumpy.


TRANSLATION: Things have improved, because man-to-man, it's easier


The treatment you get from women is different.


For every 100 complaints they used to get about corruption,


TRANSLATION: A study shows woman


is more responsible and knows the repucussions


We have given the women ethics training to prepare them,


so they don't fall in a trap that could cost them their job.


Women's roles as carers and mothers have traditionally held many back


from working in the public sphere, but it's these very traits


being used as a reason why they are better in some jobs.


The reason being they are socially more responsible.


In the long-term as women take spaces in the public space,


if we don't address the structural issues causing corruption,


I don't think women in general, in the long term will be as less


Back on patrol a very different situation.


There's no doubt that mother of two Rosa is using what she calls her


caring side, but whether that makes women inherently less


Katie Watson, BBC News, Mexico State.


That is all from Reporters for this week.


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