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IRAQ. Nineveh governorate. Qayyarah. October 19, 2016. An Iraqi man walks on a street covered with smoke after oil wells were set ablaze about 60 kilometres south of Mosul.

Photograph: Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty

IRAQ. Nineveh governorate. Qayyarah. October 19, 2016. A man takes a selfie in front of a fire from oil that has been set ablaze about 60 kilometres south of Mosul.

Photograph: Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty

IRAQ. Nineveh governorate. Qayyarah. November 9, 2016. Heavy smoke from burning oil wells set on fire by fleeing ISIS members blankets homes. Many families have begun returning to their homes in recently liberated towns south of Mosul.

Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty

IRAQ. Nineveh governorate. Qayyarah. November 12, 2016. Iraq’s Battle To Reclaim Its Cities. A family flees the fighting in Mosul as oil fields burn.

More than two years after the Islamic State first blitzed across Iraq in 2014, Iraqi security forces are scrambling to evict the militant group from Mosul, its last major stronghold in the country. The campaign has displaced nearly 70,000 Iraqis, and may uproot hundreds of thousands more. With an escalating number of civilians caught up in the battle, some military officials are second-guessing their initial strategy.

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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?”

Photograph: Maya Alleruzzo/AP