IRAQ. Nineveh governorate. Mosul. November 13, 2016. An Iraqi special forces fighter walks with his rifle during fighting with Islamic State militants in eastern Mosul. Iraqi forces battled waves of suicide car bombs as they attempt to advance deeper into eastern Mosul, defended by militants from the so-called Islamic State group.
A member of the Iraqi Special Operations Force with the Iraq flag and his U.S supplied equipment. Although they were trained extensively by U.S and NATO special forces, they still have an uphill battle against Al-Qaeda insurgents operating in Iraq. (GRH)