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Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

An Iraqi woman holds her child after crossing the Tigris River on Saturday, November 19, in the village of Tall Adh-Dhahab. Civilians are fleeing Mosul after an Iraqi-led offensive began in October to reclaim Iraq’s second-largest city and the last major stronghold for ISIS in the country.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

An Iraqi soldier treats a civilian injured by a mortar shell at a field hospital in Mosul on November 19.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi evacuees wait to cross to the Kurdish-controlled area in the Nineveh Plains northeast of Mosul on Friday, November 18.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

An Iraqi soldier jumps onto a Humvee escorting an Abrams tank in Karkukli, a newly retaken district in eastern Mosul, on November 18. Iraq is leading a coalition that also includes American and Kurdish troops as it seeks to oust ISIS from the city.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

People fleeing the fighting pass a convoy of Iraqi special forces driving through the Arbagiah area of Mosul on November 18.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Ripped trousers lie at the site of a suspected mass grave containing the remains of reported ISIS victims near Tall Adh-Dhahab, a village south of Mosul, on November 18.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

People flee the fighting between Iraqi forces and ISIS militants in the Mosul area on Tuesday, November 15.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

An injured baby receives treatment at a field hospital in eastern Mosul on November 15.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Civilians fleeing the war zone wait for their documents to be reviewed at a checkpoint near Bartella on Monday, November 14.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A woman cries Sunday, November 13, after seeing the St. Addai church that was damaged by ISIS fighters during their occupation of the Keramlis village.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

People fleeing the fighting are seen from an Iraqi Humvee in Mosul on November 13.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

An Iraqi special forces soldier prays next to a Humvee before troops pushed toward Mosul’s Karkukli neighborhood on November 13.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A man stands guard in the al-Shallalat district as the military operation continued on November 13.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A woman in Mosul pleads with an Iraqi soldier for a food package on November 13.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi Christians pray Saturday, November 12, at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, which was damaged by ISIS militants during their occupation of Qaraqosh, Iraq.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A young shepherd watches over his flock of sheep near the town of Qayyara on November 12. The sheep were blackened by smoke after oil wells were set ablaze by ISIS militants.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi forces stand on their tanks as they hold a position in the village of Jarif, south of Mosul, on November 12.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds part of a defused bomb planted by ISIS militants in Bashiqa, Iraq, on Friday, November 11.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A member of Iraq’s special forces jumps onto a vehicle to take position as forces engage ISIS fighters in Mosul on November 11.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A member of Iraq’s special forces guards two suspected ISIS fighters found hiding in a house in Mosul on November 11.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi boys who were displaced by fighting in Mosul carry food supplies at a camp in Hassan Sham, Iraq, on Thursday, November 10.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

An Iraqi woman displaced by war holds her cat near a checkpoint in the Iraqi village of Shaqouli, east of Mosul, on November 10.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A fighter from a local tribe poses for a portrait in Qayyara, south of Mosul, on November 10.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi troops watch a broadcast of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech in a house in Arbid, on the outskirts of Mosul, on Wednesday, November 9. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated Trump on his win and said he hoped for continued support in the war on ISIS.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

US Marines install equipment at a coalition base in Qayyara on November 9.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi forces congregate near Arbid on November 9.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Smoke rises from Bashiqa after a coalition airstrike targeted ISIS positions on Tuesday, November 8.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter races to take a position on a street in Bashiqa as coalition forces battled to reclaim the town from ISIS control on November 8.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

An Iraqi forces member investigates a mass grave that was discovered after coalition forces recaptured the area of Hamam al-Alil on Monday, November 7.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Smoke rises from ISIS positions after an attack by Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Bashiqa on November 7.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi children witness a man being interrogated by a member of the Iraqi army at a base next to the Al-Intissar neighborhood of Mosul on November 7.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A civilian man who fled the fighting trims his beard after reaching an Iraqi army position in Mosul on November 7.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Children play in debris created by an airstrike in Qayyara on Sunday, November 6.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Female members of the Freedom Party of Kurdistan sing as they hold a position near Bashiqa on November 6.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A sniper takes aim at ISIS positions as Iraqi forces advance toward the Hammam al-Alil area south of Mosul on November 6.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A baby is passed through a fence back to his mother at a refugee camp in the Khazir region on Saturday, November 5.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

People line up to receive food at a refugee camp in the Khazir region on November 5. Thousands are taking refuge in camps set up for internally displaced people.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi soldiers pass near a bridge destroyed in an airstrike in Qayyara on November 5.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi special forces advance on the outskirts of Mosul as an airstrike targets ISIS positions on Friday, November 4.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi soldiers patrol an alley on the outskirts of Mosul on November 4.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Rockets are fired from the Qayyara military base on November 4.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A suspected member of ISIS is detained at a checkpoint near Bartella, Iraq, on November 4.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A convoy of trucks carries displaced people away from Mosul on November 4. Iraqi forces have freed dozens of villages in their advance on Mosul, yet more than 1 million civilians are still trapped in the ISIS-held city.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi families flee the fighting on November 4 near the village of Gogjali.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A girl pauses in the doorway of a tent in the Khazir camp on November 4.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi families pack into a truck to be moved to camps on Thursday, November 3.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A member of Iraq’s special forces uses a helmet as a decoy while a sniper takes aim at ISIS positions in Gogjali on November 3.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A child peers through a car window in the village of Bazwaya on November 3.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Children play near a burning oil field in Qayyara on November 3.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A woman waves to Iraqi soldiers patrolling Gogjali on Wednesday, November 2.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

The graves of eight family members are seen in Faziliya, north of Mosul, on Tuesday, November 1. The family was killed in late October when their home was hit in an airstrike.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

An Iraqi special forces soldier searches for the location of an ISIS sniper in Gogjali on November 1.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A man fleeing the village of Bazwaya carries a white flag as he arrives at a checkpoint on November 1.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

An Iraqi soldier guards the Bartella front on November 1.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi forces fire artillery at ISIS targets on the Bartella front on November 1.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi forces run for cover after a mortar shell struck near the village of Bazwaya on Monday, October 31.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

An Iraqi soldier receives treatment after being injured during clashes with ISIS fighters near Bazwaya on October 31.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi soldiers carry an injured comrade near Bazwaya on October 31.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

An Iraqi soldier navigates through a shattered windshield as coalition forces advance on Bazwaya on October 31.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Archbishop Yohanna Petros Mouche, center, performs Mass in the liberated town of Qaraqosh on Sunday, October 30.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Children play in a camp for internally displaced people near Kirkuk, Iraq, on October 30. More than 600 families from Tel Afar, a town west of Mosul, have been living in the camp since ISIS took control of the area in 2014.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Shiite fighters launch missiles against ISIS in the village of Salmani, south of Mosul, on October 30.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Shiite fighters advance toward Salmani on October 30.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Displaced families are seen on the road near Qayyara on Saturday, October 29.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

U.S. military personnel take cover in a bunker after a mortar alarm was sounded at a coalition air base in Qayyara on Friday, October 28.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

An Iraqi forces member stands on top a military vehicle near the village of Sin al-Dhuban, south of Mosul, on Thursday, October 27.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi forces advance toward Sin al-Dhuban on October 27.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Women and children grieve over the grave of a family member at a Qayyara cemetery damaged by ISIS on October 27.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqis who fled Mosul reunite with relatives at a refugee camp in the Khazir area on Wednesday, October 26.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A family walks near billowing smoke from burning oil wells and sulfur fires that were set by ISIS fighters on October 26.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

An Iraqi federal police vehicle clears a checkpoint in Qayyara on October 26.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Residents of Qayyara wait for distribution of food and water rations on October 26. Local water sources have been contaminated by the burning oil and sulfur.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A woman wears a mask to alleviate her difficulty breathing due to the contaminated air in Qayyara on October 26.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi forces patrol the Kirkuk area for members of ISIS on October 25. The terror group has launched surprise attacks in other parts of Iraq, including Kirkuk, to distract coalition forces from the Mosul campaign and to tie up their resources elsewhere.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraq’s counterterrorism forces advance toward ISIS positions in Tob Zawa on October 25.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Soldiers give first aid to an injured boy in Tob Zawa on October 25.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi families walk at a camp for displaced people near Qayyara on Monday, October 24.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Families displaced by the Mosul operation wait for food near Qayyara on October 24.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Displaced families gather near Qayyara on October 24.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Kurdish Peshmerga forces take positions as they start to move toward the Imam Reza and Tizxirab villages of the Bashiqa district on Sunday, October 23.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi forces distribute fruit to children in the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul, after recapturing it from ISIS on October 23.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Spent bullet cartridges litter the street around the Jihad Hotel on October 22, where ISIS militants battled Iraqi security forces in Kirkuk the previous day.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Kurdish security forces detain a suspected member of ISIS in the eastern suburbs of Kirkuk on Saturday, October 22.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

An Iraqi forces member helps a man push a car as they arrive at a refugee camp in Qayyara on October 22.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi special forces hold a cross found in the Christian town of Bartella on October 22. Iraqi forces recaptured Bartella but still faced some resistance in the area.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

An Iraqi boy who lost an eye in fighting between government forces and ISIS poses for a photograph in the Debaga refugee camp on October 22.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Gen. Abdel Ghani al-Asadi, who leads Iraq’s counterterrorism forces, sits in Bartella on Friday, October 21 after the town was reclaimed.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Peshmerga fighters look over a village during an assault near Bashiqa on October 20.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A coalition fighter covers his ears before another fires artillery on ISIS positions in Nawaran on October 20.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A Peshmerga fighter takes aim near Naveran on October 20.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi soldiers travel along a road near Qayyara as clouds of black smoke rise in the sky on Wednesday, October 19.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi forces fire a howitzer toward the village of Tall al-Tibah on October 19.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi soldiers raise their weapons in celebration on the outskirts of Qayyara on October 19.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi soldiers look on as smoke rises from the Qayyara area.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A street is covered with smoke from the Qayyara fire.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi forces head toward the front lines near Qayyara on Tuesday, October 18.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Iraqi forces in Bajwaniyah on October 18.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Smoke rises from an ISIS position after a coalition airstrike in Mosul on October 18.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Civilians herd sheep from a village near Mosul on October 18. The smoke came from oil wells ISIS set on fire to limit the visibility of coalition pilots.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Kurdish Peshmerga forces are on the front line in Nineveh, Iraq, on October 18.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A Peshmerga fighter peers up from an underground tunnel in the liberated town of Badana on October 18. ISIS fighters have built tunnels below residential streets to escape from airstrikes.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Armored vehicles driven by Peshmerga forces move along the Hazir front on October 18.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Kurdish security forces take up a position near ISIS-controlled villages on Monday, October 17.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Peshmerga forces attack ISIS militants with howitzers from Zardak mountain on October 17.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Smoke rises from a suicide car bomb attack carried out by ISIS in the village of Bedene on October 17.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A Kurdish Peshmerga convoy drives towards the Khazer front line, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Mosul on October 17.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Members of the Iraqi coalition gather around a fire at Zardak mountain ahead of the offensive.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

Peshmerga forces deploy in the dark near the village of Wardak early on October 17.

Mosul operation: Iraqi-led forces push toward key city

A Sunni Iraqi police officer prays at the Qayyara airbase on October 16.



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