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The al-Qaeda-inspired militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ordered its fighters on Thursday to start the less than 60 mile advance towards the Iraqi capital Baghdad after winning major territories and defeating armed forces in the country's northern regions.
Half a million refugees fled the Islamic militants for Baghdad, as Mosul's streets were littered with corpses of civilians and anyone in a security uniform.
ISIS is re-drawing the map of the Middle East as their heavily-armed forces stormed towards Baghdad.
A Reuters reporter saw policemen swapping their uniforms for plain clothes and discarding their weapons before fleeing the city. The bodies of soldiers and policemen, some of them mutilated, littered the streets.
"Mosul now is like hell. It's up in flames," said Amina Ibrahim, who was leaving the city with her young children.
"We can't beat them. We can't. They are well trained in street fighting and we're not. We need a whole army to drive them out" one officer said.
"They're like ghosts: they appear to hit and disappear within seconds."