As Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Shia militias close in on the Islamic State (Isis) stronghold of Mosul, IBTimesUK has spoken to a journalist and an Amnesty International researcher on the ground in northern Iraq to get a first-person perspective on the conflict.

In the first instalment of our new podcast, In the Field, we hear from Campbell MacDiarmid, who has covered the war against IS for IBTimesUK from the front line in Mosul and Razaw Salihy, Iraq campaigner for Amnesty International, who has been speaking to refugees fleeing the city.

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