Iraq – Battle of Mosul

Iraqi forces have launched their most complex anti-Islamic State operation to date: retaking the country’s second-largest city of Mosul.

A car bomb explodes next to Iraqi special forces armored vehicles as they advance towards Islamic State held territory in Mosul, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016.

Mosul is Iraq’s second-largest city and still home to more than a million civilians.

A girl hiding behind a blanket looks as Iraqi special forces enter her house while advancing towards Islamic State militant-held territory in Mosul.

Children play next to a burning oil field in Qayara, south of Mosul, Iraq.

Iraqis displaced by fighting in Mosul line up for food distribution at a camp for internally displaced people.

Children play on debris of a destroyed building.

Men accused of being Islamic State militants ride on the back of an Iraqi special forces armoured vehicle after being captured in Mosul.

An Iraqi special forces sniper aim his weapon at Islamic State positions in Mosul.

Internally displaced men sit as they wait for their documents to be checked after fleeing fighting.

An Iraqi army soldier rests on a mattress.

A displaced man has his hair cut at Jedaa camp.

A boy plays with a homemade toy gun.

The body of 19-year-old Berzan Ibrahim Khelil, who was killed by a mortar during fighting between the Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants  is carried to a cemetery.

A displaced injured man, fleeing from conflicts waits for an ambulance at a checkpoint near Qayara.


People watch as safety workers try to extinguish fire from a burning oil well

An Iraqi special forces fighter listen to the radio as he watches Islamic State positions

Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers fire artillery at Islamic State positions in Bashiqa

A displaced Iraqi family ride back to their home


Men fleeing conflict are held to be interrogated at a checkpoint.

Internally displaced people fleeing fighting in Mosul

A Iraqi special forces fighter in Mosul

Iraqi Christians pray at a Church damaged by Islamic State fighters during their occupation of Qaraqosh, east of Mosul.

Smoke rises from burning oil fields in Qayara.

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