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Welcome to Reporters. I'm Philippa Thomas.

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to bring you the best stories from across the globe.

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on the frontline of the battle for Mosul.

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Quentin Somerville joins Iraqi forces, as they meet fierce

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resistance to their assault on the last stronghold of

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The town of Abu Saif is under attack.

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It is all that lies between these men and Mosul city proper.

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Cracking Albania's people trafficking rings.

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Reeta Chakrabarti follows the brutal trade to the UK,

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meeting the victims whose lives have been broken.

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Many men? Yes, many.

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And life behind the camera, but still in the spotlight.

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Angelina Jolie talks to Yalda Hakim about directing her new film

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on Cambodia, her family, and her split from Brad Pitt.

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We are a family and we will always be a family.

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And we will get through this time

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and hopefully be a stronger family for it.

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The battle to recapture the last stronghold of the so-called

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Islamic State in Iraq has been long and hard.

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Iraqi forces have besieged Mosul, Iraq's second city,

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Last month, they captured its eastern region.

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Now the battle is on for the west, which has seen some of the most

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ferocious fighting between the two sides this week.

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Backed by British and American special forces, helicopter gunships

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now control the skies, but the road to the west

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is littered with bombs, and thousands of IS fighters remain

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Quentin Sommerville is the only international journalist

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His report contains some graphic images.

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VOICEOVER: Iraq says its Mosul operation is the dawn of victories,

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and on the second day of their offensive, its troops

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again prepared to face the so-called Islamic State.

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An armoured force, set on the city's west.

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All along this route, there are suspected roadside bombs

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Slowed to a crawl at times, bomb disposal technicians

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But above, they have full command of the skies.

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In their sights, a small IS-held town, Abu Saif.

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Emptied of people, every home there became a target.

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The town of Abu Saif is under attack.

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It's all that lies between these men and Mosul city proper.

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They managed to get here in record time and now,

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from the air, and from land, they're trying to take Abu Saif.

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For the first time, these forces have sight of Mosul.

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For Colonel Fallah Ali Wabdan, it is an important prize

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TRANSLATION: Abu Saif is very important for us because it's

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on high ground and that is very good in helping us win control

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Iraqi forces are using the latest warfare tools.

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During the battle, watch as this gunship strikes.

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American and British special forces are a mostly

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This motorbike was cut in half by an air strike.

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The corpses, believed to be two IS fighters, lie in the dirt.

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By the afternoon, Abu Saif was back in government hands,

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but it hadn't slipped fully from the militants' grip.

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They struck back, killing at least two soldiers.

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Still, this was another important Iraqi victory.

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But winning against the Islamic State comes at a cost.

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Quentin Sommerville, BBC News, on Mosul's southern front.

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STUDIO: To Albania now, one of Europe's poorest

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a centre for the dark trade in human trafficking for the past 20 years.

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Most of the victims are women forced into a life of prostitution

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It is estimated there are now around 35,000 Albanian prostitutes walking

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the streets of Europe, many of them trafficked as children.

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The Albanian authorities have been criticised for failing to crack down

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on the problem with just 18 convictions last year.

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Reeta Chakrabarti has been talking to some of the victims

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VOICEOVER: Blessed with natural beauty,

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Albania has, over two decades, built up a brutal industry

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TRANSLATION: I hate them and I want them to get

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Saya, now still a teenager, was just 14 when she was sold

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into a trafficking ring by a man she thought was her boyfriend.

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She was forced to sleep with several men a day and tells of a bewildering

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and terrifying world of abuse in which she could trust no-one.

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TRANSLATION: There were other girls there too, but I did not talk

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to them because you could not tell who was connected to whom.

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They would beat us up and not let us go out.

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To be controlled by someone, to be used as I was,

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She lives here, in a refuge for trafficked women

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But these are schoolgirls, and some already have

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Saya helped put some of hers behind bars.

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Several convicted traffickers are held here in Korce

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Some here are serving 20 years or more.

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The Albanian authorities let us talk to one of them.

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This man was sentenced to 15 years for trafficking children to Greece

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and forcing them to work as prostitutes or beggars.

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What made him, a married man with his own children,

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TRANSLATION: It was a time when everyone was doing

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You used a child in order to earn some money.

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What if that were my child and someone did that to them?

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Albania remains a poor country and in many areas a woman's role

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Young women in small-town Albania can be easy prey for grooomers,

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seduced by promises of a better life.

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That better life is invariably outside Albania, but Anna

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TRANSLATION: He said he was looking for a girl just like me

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She is now in a safe house in the UK.

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Duped into leaving home and then sold into prostitution,

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she weeps throughout our interview but insists she wants

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TRANSLATION: I was somewhere underground.

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I had no sense of the world around me.

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Anna is now supported in this safe house run by the Salvation Army.

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She has a baby, which gives her a reason to carry on.

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Her story should trigger alarm in authorities

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A broken life caused by a brutal crime.

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STUDIO: Next, the Hollywood actor and director Angelina Jolie.

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She says she hopes her new film about Cambodia

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help to educate the world about the brutality of the regime.

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First They Killed My Father is based on a true story.

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It is seen through the eyes of a child.

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Angelina Jolie, who adopted a child from Cambodia,

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has been speaking exclusively to the BBC's Yalda Hakim about her

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film, and for the first time, about her separation from Brad Pitt.

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The report contains flash photography from the start.

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Hollywood royalty meets Cambodian royalty.

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It is the biggest movie premiere this country has ever seen.

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The director, Angelina Jolie, says the film speaks

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I'm not here because I'm a director who wanted to make a movie.

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I'm here because 17 years ago, I came to this country and fell

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in love with its people, and learned about its history,

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and in doing so, I realised how little I actually knew,

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in my early 20s, about the world, so for me,

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And my son changed my life, becoming a Cambodian

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There was never a plan that we should make this movie.

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I became filmmaker, and one day, I thought, what story do I feel

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And I felt that this war that happened 40 years ago,

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and what happened to these people, was not properly understood.

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And not just for the world but the people of the country.

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I felt that I wanted them to be able to reflect on it in a way

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that they could absorb, so it's through eyes of a child

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The Khmer Rouge, a radical Communist movement,

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vowed to take the country back to year zero.

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Millions were forced out of the cities in an attempt

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You could be killed for practising religion, showing emotions

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In four years, 2 million people died.

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Speaking to people here, I get the sense that they don't

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want to remember the past but they also can't forget it.

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There are 20,000 mass graves across this country,

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like these ones, a visual reminder of what this nation

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Hundreds of images of those who were tortured at

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More than 12,000 people were killed here.

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Angelina Jolie is keen to tell this story and focus on this

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But it has been difficult to keep the spotlight

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We know that an incident occurred, which led to your separation.

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We also know you have not said anything about this.

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Only that I don't want to say very much about that,

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except to say it was a very difficult time and we are a family

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and we will always be a family and we will get through this time

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and hopefully be a stronger family for it.

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Can I ask how you're coping? I'm...

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Many, many people find themselves in this situation.

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My family, we have all been through a difficult time.

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My focus is my children, our children, and my focus

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And as I said, we are and forever will be a family.

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But this moment is about Cambodia and remembering the time

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when this ancient culture was almost wiped out.

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STUDIO: And that's all from Reporters for this week.

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From me, Philippa Thomas, goodbye for now.

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