IRAQ. Nineveh governorate. Mosul. May 18, 2017. A child sleeps on his mother’s shoulder after a perilous journey on foot to flee heavy fighting in their neighbourhood between Iraqi forces and ISIS militants.
This combination of two photos taken shows graffiti of a woman with the words “no harassment,” in Arabic, left, and the addition by another person, of a stick figure touching her backside, under a bridge in the upscale Zamalek neighbourhood in Cairo, Egypt. Violence is a ““very intimidating weapon"” against women participating in public life, said Dalia Abdel-Hameed, gender rights researcher with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, an independent rights group. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
IRAQ. Nineveh governorate. Qayyarah. November 28, 2016. Sheep blackened by the soot of oil fires set by ISIS militants graze. Shepherd Abdel Menaeim says he used to shear the animals to sell their wool. Since ISIS set the oil fires, he cannot sell the blackened wool. “We are not happy with that,” he says, “but what can we do?”
Fallujah, Iraq. Sergeant Malik Jaber wears green cloth from the revered Imam Abbas shrine on his body armour at a frontline position on the southern edge of the city. He credits the holy object with saving his life when fighting the Islamic State militants in Beiji, the central Iraqi town that is also home to a key oil refinery. ‘This time it will keep me safe again,’ Jaber said, ‘God willing.’
A U.S. army soldier braces himself as a helicopter transporting Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, after a meeting with tribal leaders in Quarghuli Village, about 12 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq on Monday, Oct. 15, 2007. Photo by Maya Alleruzzo/AP
IRAQ. Al-Anbar governorate. Fallujah. June 8, 2016. A soldier from Iraq’s elite counterterrorism forces monitors radio traffic from an armoured vehicle as special forces enter the nearby Shuhada neighbourhood in Islamic State-held Fallujah. The operation to retake Fallujah is expected to be one of the most difficult yet; this city is symbolically important to the militant group and has been a bastion of support for anti-government militants since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.