Iraqi government forces are preparing for what they hope is the final phase of their war against ISIL.
The fighters are surrounded in their last remaining urban stronghold – the town of Hawijia.
Morale in the Iraqi army is high following recent victories.
But some Iraqis are worried ISIL’s ideology will remain a threat, long after the group defeated.
Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan reports from Erbil.
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