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The battle for the last stronghold of Daesh. The old city of Mosul

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Laurent Van der Stockt

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The army, the federal police and special forces of the Iraqi counter-terrorism services start together their new advance in the center of the old city of Mosul, the district of the Al-Nouri mosque, where Al-Bagdadi took his only public speech to proclame the creation of the caliphate.A commando of special forces start his advance in the Is controlled territory. The Al-Nuri mosque area will be surrounded.
The advance is from house to house, with the help of the air strikes of the coalition, by openings already made by IS, by opening with hammer or by blowing up new ways with brick of explosive.
Mosul, Iraq  June 29, 2017

The army, the federal police and special forces of the Iraqi counter-terrorism services start together their new advance in the center of the old city of Mosul, the district of the Al-Nouri mosque, where Al-Bagdadi took his only public speech to proclame the creation of the caliphate.A commando of special forces start his advance in the Is controlled territory. The Al-Nuri mosque area will be surrounded.The advance is from house to house, with the help of the air strikes of the coalition, by openings already made by IS, by opening with hammer or by blowing up new ways with brick of explosive.Mosul, Iraq  June 29, 2017

A IS suicide bulldozer explode some 40 meters rear of the front of the soldiers of ERD (Emergency Response Division) near the Old Bridge facing the old city. 4 men are killed and 12 others are wounded among the Federal Police and the ERD. Mosul, Iraq  March 15, 2017

A IS suicide bulldozer explode some 40 meters rear of the front of the soldiers of ERD (Emergency Response Division) near the Old Bridge facing the old city. 4 men are killed and 12 others are wounded among the Federal Police and the ERD.
Mosul, Iraq March 15, 2017

 Naji, a soldier of the Emergency Response Division (ERD), during an IS fighters attack on their last position of the Wednesday Market, a building on the frontline facing the Old City.
Mosul, Iraq    March 19, 2017

Two fighters of IS killed while they where attacking the building where the Emergency Response Division (ERD) has is last position of the Wednesday Market, on the frontline facing the Old City.
Mosul, Iraq  March 19, 2017

Ali, the liaison officer of the Emergency Response  Division (ERD), who will be wounded at the end of the day, during an IS fighters attack on their last position of the Wednesday Market, a building on the frontline facing the Old City.
Mosul, Iraq March 19, 2017

The army, the federal police and special forces of the iraqi counter-terrorism services start togheter their new advance in the center of the old city of Mosul, the district of the Al-Nouri mosque, where Al-Bagdadi took his only public speech to proclame the creation of the caliphate.
A commando of special forces start his advance in the Is controlled territory. The Al-Nuri mosque area will be surrounded.
The advance is from house to house, with the help of the air strikes of the coalition, by openings already made by Is, by opening with hammer or by blowing up new ways with brick of plastique explosive.
The commando in front of the base of the minaret  Al Hadba destroyed by members of the Islamic State.
Civilians are coming out of their houses, in rubble of the buildings destroyed by bombardments.
Mosul, Iraq  June 29, 2017

The army, the federal police and special forces of the iraqi counter-terrorism services start togheter their new advance in the center of the old city of Mosul, the district of the Al-Nouri mosque, where Al-Bagdadi took his only public speech to proclame the creation of the caliphate.
A commando of special forces start his advance in the Is controlled territory. The Al-Nuri mosque area will be surrounded.
The advance is from house to house, with the help of the air strikes of the coalition, by openings already made by Is, by opening with hammer or by blowing up new ways with brick of plastique explosive.
A family is discovered behind the wall after the opening and the special forces members help children to go out.
Two women are coming out after the children.
Mosul, Iraq  June 29, 2017

The army, the federal police and special forces of the iraqi counter-terrorism services start togheter their new advance in the center of the old city of Mosul, the district of the Al-Nuri mosque, where Al-Bagdadi took his only public speech to proclame the creation of the caliphate.
A commando of special forces start his advance in the Is controlled territory. The Al-Nuri mosque area will be surrounded.
The advance is from house to house, with the help of the air strikes of the coalition, by openings already made by Is, by opening twih hammer or by blowing up new ways with brick of plastique explosive.
The commando in front of the base of the minaret  Al Hadba destroyed by members of the Islamic State.
Civilians are coming out of their houses, in rubble of the buildings destroyed by bombardments.
Mosul, Iraq  June 29, 2017


 

While the iraqi special forces are entering the old city of Mosul, residents are fleeing to areas liberated from de presence of IS.
A lot of them show malnutrition symptoms, are wounded, are close to fainting and are terrified by months of bombings and threat of IS.
Mosul, Iraq  June 23, 2017

Two parents and their baby, with hundreds of civilians in panic, are fleeing the old city of Mosul, still under IS control. They show up, during the combats on the frontline, on the lines of the special forces of the iraqi counter terrorism forces.
A commando squad of 7 men of the 1st brigade of the Iraqi special forces fights Daesh house by house to take control of Sakha, one of the last districts of Mosul to be still in thee hands of the group Islamic State in the North of the old city of Mosul.
One of Humvees of the brigade has just suffered a RPG shot and the ennemi is looked for in the houses of the same street. The men are stretched out. The enemy fighters do not hesitate to make suicide attacks. On three houses taken back in one hour by special forces, 2 were trapped. The mine clearance expert, systematically placed at the head of the commando squad, has drop a grenade in the room onto the back yard and suddenly, in bomb explosions and sustained fire, it is not fighters of Daesh but civilians who showed up.
Mosul, Iraq  June 2, 2017

Hundreds of exhausted civilians in panic are fleeing Bab Sinjar, Zanjili and Abi Tamam, the 3 districts at the north of the old city still under control of IS. They cross the frontline during the battle to reach the Al Zahha district, released on the same day by the iraqi special forces.
Mosul, Iraq  June 2, 2017

A little boy, among hundreds of civilians in panic, is fleeing the old city of Mosul still under IS control, crossing the frontline during the combats. A commando squad of 7 men of the 1st brigade of the Iraqi special forces fights Daesh house by house to take control of Sakha, one of the last districts of Mosul to be still in thee hands of the group Islamic State in the North of the old city of Mosul.
One of Humvees of the brigade has just suffered a RPG shot and the ennemi is looked for in the houses of the same street. The men are stretched out. The enemy fighters do not hesitate to make suicide attacks. On three houses taken back in one hour by special forces, 2 were trapped. The mine clearance expert, systematically placed at the head of the commando squad, has drop a grenade in the room onto the back yard and suddenly, in bomb explosions and sustained fire, it is not fighters of Daesh but civilians who showed up. Mosul, Iraq  June 2, 2017

A man try to help a old women while hundreds of civilians in panic are fleeing the old city of Mosul still under IS control, crossing the frontline during the combats.
A commando squad of 7 men of the 1st brigade of the Iraqi special forces fights Daesh house by house to take control of Sakha, one of the last districts of Mosul to be still in thee hands of the group Islamic State in the North of the old city of Mosul.
One of Humvees of the brigade has just suffered a RPG shot and the ennemi is looked for in the houses of the same street. The men are stretched out. The enemy fighters do not hesitate to make suicide attacks. On three houses taken back in one hour by special forces, 2 were trapped. The mine clearance expert, systematically placed at the head of the commando squad, has drop a grenade in the room onto the back yard and suddenly, in bomb explosions and sustained fire, it is not fighters of Daesh but civilians who showed up.
Mosul, Iraq  June 2, 2017