The road to the Caliphate



Images of post war Iraq 2003 till 2018

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April 2003, entering the town of Kirkuk from north, villagers light up a statue of dictator Saddam Hoessein, who ran the country from 1979 till 2003.
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April 10- 2003, entering the town of Kirkuk, villagers pulled over the main statue of dictator Saddam Hoessein, who ran the country from 1979 till 2003.
The statue is approx 25 meters tall, people climp up to celebrate his fall.
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April, 23rd. 2003, Northern Iraq, Southern outskirts of Kirkuk.
While the Kurds are returning to their former neighborhoods,
Iraqis are destroying 'their' houses and belongings to prevent Kurds to recapture them.
Saddam hoessein put a lot of poor Arbabs in area's that hold traditionally Kurds, to break the struggle of the Kurds.
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Iraq April, 14th. 2003, N-Iraq, Tikrit. During the first hours US troops enter Saddam Hoessein's  hometown, a boy looks at the new people in power, the mirrors on his bike reflect the old regime.
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April 12- 2003, Iraq 
between Kirkuk and Baghdad a mosaic from Saddam Hoessein is destroyed by bullits.
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April 10- 2003, entering the town of Kirkuk, Just after the fights, while dead bodies are still in the streets, locals start looting all govenrment facilities, even from the hospitals all equipment is taken.
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April 2003, 
Baghdad, poster for sale in a photocopy room
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April, 2003, N-Iraq, Tikrit, Us forces camp out at Saddam Hoessein palace in his home town at the river Euprath, soldiers go inside to take portraits.
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April, 2003, N-Iraq, Tikrit, Us forces camp out at Saddam Hoessein palace in his home town at the river Euprath
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April, 3rd. 2003, N-Iraq, Between Kalak and 25 KM before Mosul Peshmerga's are trying to take Iraqi positions to the bridge of Khazer with American special troops support.
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Kirkuk 2008, Us army gards of Howard Keegan, team leader of the Kirkuk Provincial Reconstruction Team are outside to secure the store while he is inside, His goal is to support the fragile democracy, in the meantime the whole street is changed into a secure zone to prove to civilians that the city is a save place, as well as helicopters in the sky that block GSM signals against  remote bombs.

The battle against terrorism is left to the Iraqi's.
Oil has a firm grip over Kirkuk. Saddam imported thousands of Arabs from the South to control the oil reserves. They took over the houses of Kurds and Turkmen who were forced to flee. But the Arabs are now leaving (some 11.000 Arabs left Kirkuk in 2008). The Kurds conquered the city side by side with the Americans in 2003 and now form the majority. They want Kirkuk to be part of their own autonomous region of Kurdistan, as it once was. But the central government in Baghdad is not letting Kirkuk go. Kirkuk became a disputed area and will not vote in the coming elections at the end of January.
Yet, in spite of the political hassle, the Kirkukis still get along. They have intermarried and live in the same streets.  But violence has increased since the fall of Saddam.
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Iraq April, 14th. 2003, N-Iraq, Tikrit. During the first hours US troops enter Saddam Hoessein's  hometown, A little girl is taken on one of the tanks.
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Iraq April, 14th. 2003, N-Iraq, Tikrit. During the first evening US troops inspect cars passing by on weapons or hostile attacks. Some man were  arrested because in their car were 16 x AK 47 automatic rifles found, and hand grenades, during their arrest gunfire is starting aimed at the US troops.
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Baghdad april 2003.
The first days of the green zone, civiliance are not allowed to cross.
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April 2003
Iraq April, 14th. 2003, N-Iraq, Tikrit. During the first hours US troops enter Saddam Hoessein's  hometown, locals climb the roof to show army helicopters they are civilians using white flags.
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Iraq, 2008, Anbar region , near Haweja.

From 2007 to 2008, Iraq's tribal
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Iraq, 2008, Anbar region , checkpoint near Haweja.

From 2007 to 2008, Iraq's tribal
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Iraq, 2008, Anbar region , Checkpoint near Haweja.

From 2007 to 2008, Iraq's tribal
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Iraq 
South of Kirkuk,
A man is stopped by police while shooting at another car with 2 adults bringing 2 children to school.
A few minutes later the gunman is allowed to leave with his loaded weapon, he is a relative of one of the policeman.
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2009, Kirkuk, 200 miles north of Baghdad, lies in the middle of God's sand box. A seemingly endless stream of small hills stretch to her grey and unfinished suburbs. Kirkuk is a city of grey bricks, dusty roads bordered with litter, corrugated iron roofs and low hanging knots of electrical wires. Under this poor and unpromising looking surface lies 13 percent of Iraq's known oil reserves. All the problems of Iraq meet in this city of about one million souls. Before the invasion, Kurds, Turkmens, Arabs and Christians lived together in relative harmony. But the dawning democracy and rich oil fields attract many 'dark hands' from afar. 
The city is filled with checkpoints, to cross into another ethnic area is difficult.
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Iraq, south of Kikruk 2008

Anti terror units go out for a night attack at suspected AL Quaida members.
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2008, district Hawreen
A small town between baghad and kirkuk is surrounded during nighttime by Anti terror brigades.

A man approx 30 years walks out of his home in his djellaba cloths,still sleepy , hearing the sound of cars.
 Few seconds later an anti-terror team take him back inside his house and hit him with their Kalashnikov before final arrest.
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2008, district Hawreen
A small town between baghad and kirkuk is surrounded during nighttime by Anti terror brigades.
A man is transported to the anti terror base to be investigated after arrest.
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Kirkuk 2008, A car is exploded after an attack near an Oil company
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district Hawreen, A small village between Kirkuk and Bahgdad is surrounded by Anti-terror forces. At the earliest light, Iraqi anti-terror brigate enters the villages and inspect house by house.
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district Hawreen, A small village between Kirkuk and Bahgdad is surrounded by Anti-terror forces. all local men are driver into the local school and armed stay on roof to control anyone who is trying to escape, while wailting for sunlight.
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Iraq , district Hawreen
A small village between Kirkuk and Bahgdad is surrounded by Anti-terror forces.
In the villages weapons are found, some with the numbers of Saddams army on it.
Since it is a remote area, locals are armed and difficult to control.
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During the first part of 2008, at least 400 kidnappings took place, the police arrested two man who kidnapped a 14 year old Turkmen girl, they ran into a checkpoint in their volkswagen Passat and got captured. the 3e person made a silent weapon and planned an attack.
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Kikuk, 2008, A mosque is reopened after a suicide attack attempt, a 15 year boy was taken with a bomb vest.
Permanent armed protection is now at place.
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Iraq, Anbar, near Haweja
2008
At a Checkpoint of the Sahwa Sunny Militia (Sons of Iraq/Awakenings council), a posterboard shows the most wanted terrorists, including hotline and finder fee.

From 2007 to 2008, Iraq's tribal
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Al Dhulouya sunny Triangle Anbar
2008
Ibrahim was fighting against the Americans planting bombs and shooting, recently his brother was killed and he stopped fighting.“I had to protect my faith” “I was angry about the U.S. invasion. I didn’t care about Saddam Hussein, but I was angry because there was a war going on against my religion. I had to protect my faith. I saw no other option than to take up arms. We were five of us. My older brother Abdullah was the leader of our group. We started collecting weapons and attacked U.S. convoys. For example, we would throw hand grenades at convoys. It was difficult, because I was still studying and had to skip many classes. We were an independent group, with just one purpose: to raise the Islamic flag. But then we saw how Al Qaeda began to kill more and more innocent civilians; teachers, imams. On August 31, 2007 my brother went with the Sunni militias to attack members of Al Qaeda in a house. He went up front. He walked up the stairs. Above was a man ready to blow himself up. My brother threw himself on him, to protect the other members of his team. He and the man were both killed. Then I decided to fight Qaeda. Qaeda here caused many problems. In this village, with just sixty houses, 22 people were killed. But the fight is over now. I try to get an ordinary job. It’s difficult. Yesterday my cousins went to Kirkuk, but nobody wants to hire us.”
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Al Dhulouya sunny Triangle
2008, former Al Quaida stronghold has changed his faith and is now part of the Sahwa Sunny Militia (Sons of Iraq/Awakenings council), they are supported by Coalition forces to overrun AL Quaida.

Sahwa leader Ahmed Nature is in a by Quaida destroyed house, the owner complained about Quaida members planting a road side bomb.
He was threaded and escaped, the house was destroyed by Al Quaida, now it’s a base for the Sahwa militia, controlling the area.
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Al Dhulouya sunny Triangle
2008, former Al Quaida stronghold has changed his faith and is now part of the Sahwa Sunny Militia (Sons of Iraq/Awakenings council), they are supported by Coalition forces in an attempt to overrun AL Quaida.

Bullet holes mark the soccer field just behind the houses, close to the river from where Al Quaida launched their missiles towards the US army camp.
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Al Dhulouya sunny Triangle
2008, former Al Quaida stronghold has changed his faith and is now part of the Sahwa Sunny Militia (Sons of Iraq/Awakenings council), they are supported by Coalition forces in an attempt to overrun AL Quaida.
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Iraq 2011
Iraq; Baghdad 2011
Day workers are waiting to be picked up by anyone who can pay.
Almost 10 years after the fall of Saddam Hoessein most Iraqis think they are worse of then before.
Basis needs, such as electric and running water are not available, the government is largely corrupt and violence is an everyday event.
The sectarian violence and  recession take their toll.
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Iraq; Baghdad 2011
The electricity system runs largely on generators, there is no alternative, people pay a lot each month to have basic needs.
Almost 10 years after the fall of Saddam Hoessein most Iraqis think they are worse of then before.
Basis needs, such as electric and running water are not available, the government is largely corrupt and violence is an everyday event.
The sectarian violence and  recession take their toll.
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Iraq; Baghdad 2011
Unemployed youngsters in Baghdad streets.
Almost 10 years after the fall of Saddam Hoessein most Iraqis think they are worse of then before.
Basis needs, such as electric and running water are not available, the government is largely corrupt and violence is an everyday event.
The sectarian violence and  recession take their toll.
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Iraq; Baghdad 2011.
Locals protest at the main square in Baghdad.

Almost 10 years after the fall of Saddam Hoessein most Iraqis think they are worse of then before.
Basis needs, such as electric and running water are not available, the government is largely corrupt and violence is an everyday event.
The sectarian violence and  recession take their toll.
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Baghdad, Irak, 12 october 2011. Only seconds after a suicide bomber explodes himself at a busy area in central Baghdad, Iraq. Desperate passant's and relatives are trying to rescue as many victims who are sometimes stuck between the concrete walls. The waves of attacks are part of Baghdad daily life since the withdrawal of the US army comes nearby. Different ethnic groups want to archive more power and there is fear for total escalation. That day a series of 7 attacks took 57 lives
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Baghdad, Irak, 12 october 2011. Only seconds after a suicide bomber explodes himself at a busy area in central Baghdad, Iraq. Desperate passant's and relatives are trying to rescue as many victims who are sometimes stuck between the concrete walls. The waves of attacks are part of Baghdad daily life since the withdrawal of the US army comes nearby. Different ethnic groups want to archive more power and there is fear for total escalation. That day a series of 7 attacks took 57 lives
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Baghdad, Irak, 12 october 2011. Only seconds after a suicide bomber explodes himself at a busy area in central Baghdad, Iraq. Desperate passant's and relatives are trying to rescue as many victims who are sometimes stuck between the concrete walls. The waves of attacks are part of Baghdad daily life since the withdrawal of the US army comes nearby. Different ethnic groups want to archive more power and there is fear for total escalation. That day a series of 7 attacks took 57 lives
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Baghdad, Irak, 12 october 2011. Only seconds after a suicide bomber explodes himself at a busy area in central Baghdad, Iraq. Desperate passant's and relatives are trying to rescue as many victims who are sometimes stuck between the concrete walls. The waves of attacks are part of Baghdad daily life since the withdrawal of the US army comes nearby. Different ethnic groups want to archive more power and there is fear for total escalation. That day a series of 7 attacks took 57 lives
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Baghdad, Irak, 12 october 2011. Only seconds after a suicide bomber explodes himself at a busy area in central Baghdad, Iraq. Desperate passant's and relatives are trying to rescue as many victims who are sometimes stuck between the concrete walls. The waves of attacks are part of Baghdad daily life since the withdrawal of the US army comes nearby. Different ethnic groups want to archive more power and there is fear for total escalation. That day a series of 7 attacks took 57 lives
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Iraq ,Mosul 16 April 2013, Sunni protest against Maliki Government, the city  center is surrounded by Iraqi Army, I am smuggled in out by Sunni
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Iraq ,Mosul 16 April 2013, Sunni protest against Maliki Government, the city  center is surrounded by Iraqi Army, I am smuggled in out by Sunni
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Iraq ,Mosul 16 April 2013, Sunni protest against Maliki Government, the city  center is surrounded by Iraqi Army, I am smuggled in out by Sunni
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Iraq ,Mosul 16 April 2013, Sunni protest against Maliki Government, the city  center is surrounded by Iraqi Army, I am smuggled in out by Sunni
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Iraq/Syria september  2014
Crossing the border between Syria and Iraq, close to Mount Sinjar.
The only way to enter the area is to go into syria and take a small corridor into Mount Sinjar, this corridor is Cotrolled by the Syrian Kurds YPG and is very unstable because of daily IS attacks.

The army of Qasim Chesho fight IS around the abandoned villages of zoraba and Ghobal.
This volunteer Yazidi army has yet no name ,and contains all ages and little weapons, it counts around 2000 memebr, half of them armed. Meanwhile they try to fight IS and protect their holy Yazidi places, They are daily attacked by IS.
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Iraq september, 2014
Mount Sinjar, Sharaf al deen, North side of Mount Sinjar.
Fighters took a former  army Iraqi army base, Islamic State was here before and burned the place before they left, but left a broken Humvee, thefore there is  risk of beeing bombed by Coaltion plains , since they are seen as IS, The Yazedi militia covered it with sheets.

The army of Qasim Chesho fight IS around the abandoned villages of zoraba and Ghobal.
This volunteer Yazidi army has yet no name ,and contains all ages and little weapons, it counts around 2000 memebr, half of them armed. Meanwhile they try to fight IS and protect their holy Yazidi places, They are daily attacked by IS.
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Iraq september , 2014
	
Iraq september  2014
Mount Sinjar, Sharaf al deen

Two  IS members are captured after a fight.

The army of Qasim Chesho fight IS around the abandoned villages of zoraba and Ghobal.
This volunteer Yazidi army has yet no name ,and contains all ages and little weapons, it counts around 2000 memebr, half of them armed. Meanwhile they try to fight IS and protect their holy Yazidi places, They are daily attacked by IS.
The army of Qasim Chesho fight IS around the abandoned villages of zoraba and Ghobal.
This volunteer Yazidi army has yet no name ,and contains all ages and little weapons, it counts around 2000 memebr, half of them armed. Meanwhile they try to fight IS and protect their holy Yazidi places, They are daily attacked by IS.
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Iraq september , 2014
At Mount Sinjar, A yazedi girl escaped Islamic State, she has been used as a sex slave.
She is received by other Yazedi who have fled into the mountains.

The army of Qasim Chesho fight IS around the abandoned villages of zoraba and Ghobal.
This volunteer Yazidi army has yet no name ,and contains all ages and little weapons, it counts around 2000 memebr, just half of them armed. Meanwhile they try to fight IS and protect their holy Yazidi places, They are daily attacked by IS.
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Iraq september , 2014
Mount Sinjar, children fled into the mountains of Sinjar, shepherd boys play at an abandoned Iraqi army Humvee
The army of Qasim Chesho fight IS around the abandoned villages of zoraba and Ghobal.
This volunteer Yazidi army has yet no name ,and contains all ages and little weapons, it counts around 2000 members, half of them armed. Meanwhile they try to fight IS and protect their holy Yazidi places, They are daily attacked by IS.
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Iraq september 17, 2014
Mount Sinjar, Sharaf al deen
The army of Qasim Chesho fight IS around the abandoned villages of zoraba and Ghobal.
This volunteer Yazidi army has yet no name ,and contains all ages and little weapons, it counts around 2000 memebr, half of them armed. Meanwhile they try to fight IS and protect their holy Yazidi places, They are daily attacked by IS.

A local Yazidi wakes up with his rifle next to him.
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Iraq september , 2014
Mount Sinjar, Yazedi families have fled the city of Sinjar (also called Chengal) to the mountains, under the protection of the local militia. IS is only 15 minutes away.

The army of Qasim Chesho fight IS around the abandoned villages of zoraba and Ghobal.
This volunteer Yazidi army has yet no name ,and contains all ages and little weapons, it counts around 2000 memebr, half of them armed. Meanwhile they try to fight IS and protect their holy Yazidi places, They are daily attacked by IS.
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Iraq september , 2014
Mount Sinjar, north of the mountain are some villages back under Yazedi control, A metal door writes Islamic State, locals tried to remove it.

Ghobal, previously under IS control.
A door says IS painted on it.

The army of Qasim Chesho fight IS around the abandoned villages of zoraba and Ghobal.
This volunteer Yazidi army has yet no name ,and contains all ages and little weapons, it counts around 2000 memebr, half of them armed. Meanwhile they try to fight IS and protect their holy Yazidi places, They are daily attacked by IS.
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Iraq september 21 , 2015

Mount Sinjar. Front lines with ISIS at Chengal, Yazedi militia on patrol.
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Iraq september , 2015
Perschmerka look out at the old city Citadel of Sinjar, the most far-out position of their army, IS is as close as 50 meters from here and shelling is random.

Kurdish perschmerka, and Yazedi militia are with Coalition support struggling to re-capture Sinjar back from Islamic State, after the tragedi of last year that costs thousants of Yezedi lives and made all of them refugee.
The northern part of Sinjar is under Coalition control, but IS is as close as 50 meters from the frontlines and well armed.



Iraq september , 2015
Perschmerka gather at the old city Citadel of Sinjar, the most far-out position of their army, IS is as close as 50 meters from here and shelling is random.

Kurdish perschmerka, and Yazedi militia are with Coalition support struggling to re-capture Sinjar back from Islamic State, after the tragedi of last year that costs thousants of Yezedi lives and made all of them refugee.
The northern part of Sinjar is under Coalition control, but IS is as close as 50 meters from the frontlines and well armed.
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Iraq september , 2015
A yazedi brigade takes rest between the fights, a soldier helps another to look good before his time out.
Mount Sinjar, Kurdish perschmerka, and Yazedi militia are with Coalition support struggling to re-capture Sinjar back from Islamic State, after the tragedi of last year that costs thousants of Yezedi lives and made all of them refugee.
The northern part of Sinjar is under Coalition control, but IS is as close as 50 meters from the frontlines and well armed.
One of the main goals is to take road 47 that leads from Mosul to raqqah and to cut IS supplylines.
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Iraq september 21 , 2015

Mount Sinjar. Front line with ISIS at Chengal, Running towards the old city Citadel, the most forout post of the Coalition fighters (Pershmerka), the route is aimed by ISIS snipers towards a building that is largely bombed to rubble, the Perschmerka recently lost 3 man during ISIS attacks. the plastic sheets are to stay out of sniper view.
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Iraq september , 2015
Perschmerka gather at the old city Citadel of Sinjar, the most far-out position of their army, IS is as close as 50 meters from here and shelling is random.

Kurdish perschmerka, and Yazedi militia are with Coalition support struggling to re-capture Sinjar back from Islamic State, after the tragedi of last year that costs thousants of Yezedi lives and made all of them refugee.
The northern part of Sinjar is under Coalition control, but IS is as close as 50 meters from the frontlines and well armed.
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Iraq september , 2015

Mount Sinjar. Front line with ISIS at Chengal, close to the Syrian border. A new day after a tense night with sandstorm, (a situation that ISIS often uses to attack).
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Iraq september , 2015
The Citadel of Sinjar is the most advanced front line for the Perschmerka, during shelling the walls have been destroyed, now used as new entry for the fighters, IS is as close as 50 meters from there.
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Sinjar, sept 2015,  looking at Coalition bombs at IS positions

Iraq september , 2015
Mount Sinjar
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Iraq, sept 2015,AT the sinjar frontlines, contact with home during the evening
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Iraq september , 2015
Kurdish perschmerka move inside the town of Sinjar.
Mount Sinjar, Kurdish perschmerka, and Yazedi militia are with Coalition support struggling to re-capture Sinjar back from Islamic State, after the tragedi of last year that costs thousants of Yezedi lives and made all of them refugee.
The northern part of Sinjar is under Coalition control, but IS is as close as 50 meters from the frontlines and well armed.
One of the main goals is to take road 47 that leads from Mosul to raqqah and to cut IS supplylines.
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Checkpoint at road 47 between mosul and raqqa is now under Control of the coalition forces

2015, nov, Iraq, City of Sinjar

The town of Sinjar has been taken over form IS (Isil)  by Perschemerka and PYD/Pkk fighters as well as several Yazedi militias, the offensive took half a year.
The city is full of bobytraps left by IS, and the town is mainly shot to rubble with bodies lying still around.
The main road between Mosul and Raqqa (road no 47) is now under Coalition control.
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PYD female fighters at the center of Sinjar.

2015, nov, Iraq, City of Sinjar

The town of Sinjar has been taken over form IS (Isil)  by Perschemerka and PYD/Pkk fighters as well as several Yazedi militias, the offensive took half a year.
The city is full of bobytraps left by IS, and the town is mainly shot to rubble with bodies lying still around.
The main road between Mosul and Raqqa (road no 47) is now under Coalition control.
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A former IS frontline position, te be arrived by an underground tunnel.

2015, nov, Iraq, City of Sinjar

The town of Sinjar has been taken over form IS (Isil)  by Perschemerka and PYD/Pkk fighters as well as several Yazedi militias, the offensive took half a year.
The city is full of bobytraps left by IS, and the town is mainly shot to rubble with bodies lying still around.
The main road between Mosul and Raqqa (road no 47) is now under Coalition control.
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A labyrinth of underground tunnels lead from one frontline to another, there are over 40 tunnels, some very professional over KM lenght.

2015, nov, Iraq, City of Sinjar

The town of Sinjar has been taken over form IS (Isil)  by Perschemerka and PYD/Pkk fighters as well as several Yazedi militias, the offensive took half a year.
The city is full of bobytraps left by IS, and the town is mainly shot to rubble with bodies lying still around.
The main road between Mosul and Raqqa (road no 47) is now under Coalition control.
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2015, nov, Iraq, City of Sinjar
The body of an IS member is still in the truck that he drove into a PYD position, loaded with explsives, a sniper took him out before reaching his goal.
The town of Sinjar has been taken over form IS (Isil)  by Perschemerka and PYD/Pkk fighters as well as several Yazedi militias, the offensive took half a year.
The city is full of bobytraps left by IS, and the town is mainly shot to rubble with bodies lying still around.
The main road between Mosul and Raqqa (road no 47) is now under Coalition control.
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2015, nov, Iraq, City of Sinjar
Looting is all over town, there is no control to find out who belongs to the city, since all administration is lost.
The town of Sinjar has been taken over form IS (Isil)  by Perschemerka and PYD/Pkk fighters as well as several Yazedi militias, the offensive took half a year.
The city is full of bobytraps left by IS, and the town is mainly shot to rubble with bodies lying still around.
The main road between Mosul and Raqqa (road no 47) is now under Coalition control.
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2015, nov, Iraq, City of Sinjar

The town of Sinjar has been taken over form IS (Isil)  by Perschemerka and PYD/Pkk fighters as well as several Yazedi militias, the offensive took half a year.
The city is full of bobytraps left by IS, and the town is mainly shot to rubble with bodies lying still around.
The main road between Mosul and Raqqa (road no 47) is now under Coalition control.
Iraq Iraq
2015, nov, Iraq, City of Sinjar

One of the many mass graves discovered after IS left the area.

The town of Sinjar has been taken over form IS (Isil)  by Perschemerka and PYD/Pkk fighters as well as several Yazedi militias, the offensive took half a year.
The city is full of bobytraps left by IS, and the town is mainly shot to rubble with bodies lying still around.
The main road between Mosul and Raqqa (road no 47) is now under Coalition control.
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 A man is painting his entry that wrote Islamic State on it.


2015, nov, Iraq, City of Sinjar

The town of Sinjar has been taken over form IS (Isil)  by Perschemerka and PYD/Pkk fighters as well as several Yazedi militias, the offensive took half a year.
The city is full of bobytraps left by IS, and the town is mainly shot to rubble with bodies lying still around.
The main road between Mosul and Raqqa (road no 47) is now under Coalition control.
Iraq Iraq
Iraq 2014
Dahuk/ Sharia village

Yazedi IDP sleep outside, there is lack of everything.

26 yazedi families live in an uncronstructed building, no sanitation or other basics, the karton boxes from the food pagages are used to cook food and people sleep outside.
The town itself has 25.000 refugess on 4000 originals.
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Iraq 2014 Dahuk/ Dalia refugee camp

A Yazedi girl who called herself Solyn, was captured and abused by IS in Sinjar, she managed to escape after 18 days from Mosul.
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Iraq 2014
 Dahuk, Yazedi IDP live inside an unfinished construction.
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Iraq  2015
Girl playing her balloon.
Rewfugees from Mosul live in a camp in Erbil
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Iraq 2015

Dahuk, On of the many refugee camps for Yazedi, almost the complet population is displaced.
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Iraq 2015

Yazedi IDP live in construction buildings
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Jordan, Zataari refugee camp is one of worlds biggest, with over 100.000 refugess from Syria the camp turned into a new city.
Beeing close to the border, IS tries to find new members inside the camp.
The Jordan army has recently closed the border for securety reasons.
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Sunni Refugees from Fallujah find shelter in Baghdad while their home town is under IS control.
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Iraq  may 2016
A bridge is destroyed north of Tikrit.

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Iraq  may 2016

A Shia Militia fighter is shooting at a IS position.

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The Shia militia commander prays towards the position of IS fighters in an attempt to spread his religion to them, since he is in their view, he decides to use a bullit proof vest.
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Iraq  may 2016

At last daylight a RPG is fired towards the expected position of an IS sniper.

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Iraq  may 2016

The dead body of a recently captured IS fighter.

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Some of the Shia villages around Tikrit should be save enough for civilians to return home, a Shia clerck comes to see the situation and inform the displaced population afterwards.
The area is undere control of the Shia militia.

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Syria Jan 2016, near Manbij, 150 km from Raqqa.

The SDF is a mixed group of fighters that fight IS. 
With coalition air support they are able to go forward and cross the Euprath river towards Manbij, an IS stronghold. Thefrontlines are fragile and 10 km away from the city.
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Syria Jan 2016, near Manbij, 150 km from Raqqa.

The SDF is a mixed group of fighters that fight IS. 
With coalition air support they are able to go forward and cross the Euprath river towards Manbij, an IS stronghold. Thefrontlines are fragile and 10 km away from the city.
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Syria, Saluq
jan 2016

Saluq has been under IS control, now it's aghost town where no people are allowed by the PYD for securety reasons, remainings of the IS period are all over town.
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Syria, Jan 2016.

South of Kobane , an old shool near Shuyukh.
People flee out of IS territory if they can, to avoid the fighting between IS and the Kurds. Since most of them are Arab, the Kurdisch fighters put them in remote camps to check their identity.
Iraq
Syria, Saluq
jan 2016

Saluq has been under IS control, now it's aghost town where no people are allowed by the PYD for securety reasons, remainings of the IS period are all over town.
Iraq
Syria Jan 2016, near Manbij, 150 km from Raqqa.

Replying fire with a
Iraq
Syria Jan 2016, Kobane

The city of Kobane has been the place of long fights between IS and the Kurds.
Large parts of town are completely to rubble, where locals try to make a life.
Iraq
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Bartella is recapture from IS by Iraqi forces.
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Western Mosul  is taken over by armed divisions, the Federal Police is full force army who operates at the frontlines, as wel as ERB (rapid response task force) and ISOF (golden Division). Since the population flees the city when possible, the army takes over the infrastructure of the city, the few civilians left stay close to the army or will otherwise be executed by IS.
Mosul
Western Mosul  is taken over by armed divisions, the Federal Police is full force army who operates at the frontlines, as wel as ERB (rapid response task force) and ISOF (golden Division). Since the population flees the city when possible, the army takes over the infrastructure of the city, the few civilians left stay close to the army or will otherwise be executed by IS.
Mosul
Western Mosul  is taken over by armed divisions, the Federal Police is full force army who operates at the frontlines, as wel as ERB (rapid response task force) and ISOF (golden Division). Since the population flees the city when possible, the army takes over the infrastructure of the city, the few civilians left stay close to the army or will otherwise be executed by IS.
Mosul
Western Mosul  is taken over by armed divisions, the Federal Police is full force army who operates at the frontlines, as wel as ERB (rapid response task force) and ISOF (golden Division). Since the population flees the city when possible, the army takes over the infrastructure of the city, the few civilians left stay close to the army or will otherwise be executed by IS.
Mosul
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Syria Jan 2016, Kobane

The city of Kobane has been the place of long fights between IS and the Kurds.
Large parts of town are completely to rubble, where locals try to make a life.
Iraq
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