ISIL is gone, but the threat still persists. To understand how dangerous they were follow Mohammed Shaikhibrahim on a brutal journey into the heart of the battle against the so-called Islamic State (ISIL) in northern Iraq.
Euronews correspondent was with Iraqi government troops as they fought to retake villages on the route to Mosul, which they hope to recapture from ISIL by the end of 2016. He also gained exclusive access to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, providing key resistance to ISIL in the north at the time.
The perilous journey took him from the frontlines, where the sounds of war never fall silent, to ghost towns strewn with fallen fighters.