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The Battle for Mosul Takes Toll on Civilians
As Iraqi Special Forces and militias try to push the ISIS fighters from Mosul, many civilians are displaced, injured or killed.
An Iraqi refugee girl waits with her parents to buy food from a local vendor behind the fence of the Khazir refugee camp near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski Kalak, 25 miles west of Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on Nov. 21, 2016.
Workers tasked with putting out the fire in an oil well, set ablaze by retreating ISIS jihadists, assemble a water pipeline in the town of Qayyarah, some 44 miles south of Mosul on Nov. 20. Firefighters and engineers pumped water into the well in an effort to stop the fire.
A member of the Hashd Al Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Units), looks towards the direction of incoming snipper fire at Tal Afar airport, on Nov. 20. Pro-government paramilitary forces advancing on the town of Tal Afar, which commands the city's western approaches, entered its airport, while troops moving up from the south had the Mosul airport in their sights.
An Iraqi family sits inside a car as they wait at a checkpoint near Qayara, south of Mosul, on Nov. 20. Iraqi troops on Sunday fortified their positions in Mosul neighborhoods retaken from ISIS as their advance toward the city center was slowed by sniper fire and suicide bombings, as well as concern over the safety of civilians.
Soldiers from the Iraqi Special Forces' second division round up men to check their identity in Mosul's eastern district of Karkukli, on Nov. 18. The group of men was taken to a mosque in the newly retaken area for ID checks by the army's intelligence unit and the federal police.