Iraqi forces re-take Mosul – Photos

Mideast Iraq Mosul Week 1


More than 50,000 Iraqi soldiers, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Sunni Arab tribesmen and Shia militiamen are engaged in a bloody battle to re-take control of Mosul from IS.

In June 2014, IS took control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city after Baghdad.

The loss was a humiliation for the Iraqi army and a shocking show of strength from the Islamist terror group which stunned the world with the strength of its advance from Syria into Iraq.

Backed by US-led coalition air support the Iraqi forces have more fighters and more sophisticated weaponry than IS, but the campaign is still expected to take weeks, if not months.

Rights groups are urging both sides to respect international law to minimise civilian deaths and revenge attacks and aid groups are warning of a humanitarian catastrophe.

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FILE -- In this Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 file photo, Iraqi army soldiers man a checkpoint as oil wells burn on the outskirts of Qayyarah, Iraq. In the week since Iraq launched an operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group, its forces have pushed toward the city from the north, east and south, battling the militants in a belt of mostly uninhabited towns and villages. In the heavily mined approaches to the city they met with fierce resistance, as IS unleashed suicide truck bombs, rockets and mortars. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic, File)Displaced people who fled from Islamic State-held territory sit outside a mosque guarded by Iraqi soldiers in Shuwayrah, south of Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. The U.N. human rights office is lauding efforts by the U.S.-led coalition in the battle against the Islamic State group in Mosul. The office in Geneva says coalition flights over Iraq have largely succeeded in preventing IS from bringing in 25,000 more civilians to the city center, where the militant group has been using people as human shields as Iraqi forces advance on Mosul.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)An Iraqi special forces soldier puts up a helmet as a decoy as a sniper gets ready to fire on Islamic State positions in Gogjali, on the eastern edges of Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. After the Islamic State group was pushed out of the eastern edge of Mosul this week, hundreds of civilians are now trapped on the front lines as Iraqi forces continue the operation to retake the militant held city.(AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)TOPSHOT-IRAQ-CONFLICTTOPSHOT-IRAQ-CONFLICTTOPSHOT-IRAQ-CONFLICTTOPSHOT-IRAQ-CONFLICT-MOSULTOPSHOT-IRAQ-MOSUL-CONFLICT

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