Near Mosul, Iraq (CNN)In the push to free Mosul, Kurdish Peshmerga forces ideally wanted a political plan -- not just a military one -- to help retake the city from ISIS, Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani said.
Outside of #Mosul #Iraq armor with Shia flags does not help combat the perception of a sectarian army pic.twitter.com/gRj6NUVyMj Since then, ISIS has gradually lost its other Iraqi cities -- Ramadi, Tikrit and Falluja -- to government forces.
About 1 million people are estimated to remain in Mosul, once a cosmopolitan trade hub of 2 million residents.
CNN's Arwa Damon, Nick Paton Walsh, Hamdi Alkhshali and Ben Wedeman reported from near Mosul, and Tim Lister from Irbil, while Angela Dewan wrote from London.
CNN's Tim Hume, Euan McKirdy, Kristie Lu Stout, Isil Sariyuce, Holly Yan and Barbara Starr contributed to this report.