A Man Carries His Daughter On His Back After Fleeing Their Home Due To Iraqi Forces Fighting

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A man carries his daughter on his back after fleeing their home due to fighting between the Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in Mosul’s al-Zanjili’s district in Iraq.

Iraqi government forces retook eastern Mosul in January and began a new push in May to capture the remaining Islamic State-held enclave in the western side of the city, where about 200,000 people are trapped in harrowing conditions.

The Mosul offensive started in October with air and ground support from a U.S.-led international coalition. It has taken much longer than expected. The fall of Mosul would, in effect, mark the end of the Iraqi half of the “caliphate” declared in 2014 over parts of Iraq and Syria by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

About 700,000 people, about a third of the pre-war population of Mosul, have already fled, seeking refuge either with friends and relatives or in camps.

A man carries his daughter on his back after fleeing their home due to fighting between the Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in Mosul’s al-Zanjili’s district in Iraq June 7, 2017. Iraqi government forces retook eastern Mosul in January and began a new push on May 27 to capture the remaining Islamic State-held enclave in the western side of the city, where about 200,000 people are trapped in harrowing conditions. The Mosul offensive started in October with air and ground support from a U.S.-led international coalition. It has taken much longer than expected. The fall of Mosul would, in effect, mark the end of the Iraqi half of the “caliphate” declared in 2014 over parts of Iraq and Syria by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. About 700,000 people, about a third of the pre-war population of Mosul, have already fled, seeking refuge either with friends and relatives or in camps. REUTERS/Erik De Castro #reuters #reutersphotos #mosul #iraq #displaced #war #childhood #conflict

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