Mosul  is a city in northern Iraq. Since October 2016 it has been the site of a military operation led by the Iraqi Government, under Haider al-Abadi, in an effort to dislodge and defeat militant forces.The city has been under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant since June 2014, and no westerner has entered the city until the latest initiative.The Battle of Mosul, a military offensive to retake the city begun in October 2016,is the largest deployment of Iraqi forces since the 2003 invasion by U.S. and coalition forces.
Located some 400 km (250 mi) north of Baghdad,the city stands on the west bank of the Tigris,opposite the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh on the east bank.The metropolitan area has grown to encompass substantial areas on both the "Left Bank" (east side) and the "Right Bank" (west side),as the two banks are described by the locals compared to the flow direction of Tigris.
Mosul, like most other cities of its size, has many restaurants and cafes. One popular dish in Mosul is called dolma. It is smoked lamb or beef mixed with tomatoes, onion, and grape leaves.
Umayyad Mosque - This is the oldest mosque in Mosul, but only the minaret remains of this ancient structure.
Mosul Museum - Showcasing many archeological artifacts, the Mosul Museum houses a special collection of items from the ancient Assyrian cities of Nineveh and Nimrud.
The Black Palace - Only ruins remain of this medieval palace, but it is still an interesting place for photos and exploring.
Mosque of Jonah - The supposed site of the Prophet Jonah's burial, this mosque is one of the oldest remains of Nineveh.
Church of St. Thomas - This is the oldest church in Mosul, and is named after the Christian Apostle St. Thomas who is said to have brought Christianity to the East.
The Great Mosque - An impressive architectural site with many domes and two minarets. Very beautiful for photos inside and out.
Nimrud Ruins - The ruins of the ancient city of Nimrud are about an hours drive to the southeast of Mosul in the District of Al Hamdaniya.
Despite travel restriction, Mosul surprisingly has several hotel options and even a few with online booking. The Nineveh International Hotel and Hotel Mosul are popular choices -- both have a variety luxury amenities including on-site dining, swimming pools, and shopping areas.
Mosul International Airport is the nearest airport, although tourists visas may not be easily obtained due to the considerable danger still present in this city. Within the city, buses and shared taxi are available. Foot travel in the citadel area is best.