ITV News International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar has travelled from the Kurdish-controlled northern city of Irbil to the outskirts of Mosul, the first city overrun by ISIS militants.
His team were with an armed convoy of Kurdish fighters who insisted the ISIS forces were afraid of their troops.
People fleeing Mosul said ISIS were trying to win over staff from the city's essential services.
The Foreign Secretary has been clear on the threat of Isis, but he has ruled out the prospect of any UK military involvement in the crisis.
Iraq’s foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, is a natural diplomat. Polite, immaculately dressed, and blessed with a great memory.
Isis has paraded military equipment in Mosul it captured from when the Iraqi army fled in what some see as a "nightmare scenario."