On a road several kilometers outside Mosul on Monday, a convoy of Peshmerga fighters got a taste of the resistance the Iraqi army and police are facing inside the volatile city.

This stretch of road and the villages along it — once they’re fully cleared of ISIS militants — will represent a great prize for the Iraqi military in its push to rout the terror group in this oil-rich northern Iraqi city. (CNN is not revealing the exact location for security reasons).
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