The battle for Mosul

On Oct. 17, 2016, the Iraqi government announced they would commence the offensive to remove the Islamic State from the country's second-largest city, and its borders. The battle brings together the most unlikely of allies, but what will remain after ISIS has yet to be seen. 
During a visit to the area in early November 2016, I (along with my Canadian colleague Gavin John) went about documenting what was happening in the region, including but not limited to Canada's role in the U.S.-led coalition. 

 
The sun sets over Mosul, a view from the Mar Mattai Monastary in Nov. 2016. (Sarah Lawrynuik)

The sun sets over Mosul, a view from the Mar Mattai Monastary in Nov. 2016. (Sarah Lawrynuik)

Khazer IDP camp, Iraq - November 2016 (Photo by Gavin John)

A radio documentary: 70 K to Mosul

It takes less than an hour to drive the stretch of highway between the cities of Erbil and Mosul in Iraq — equivalent to the distance between Moose Jaw to Regina.

Take a trip down the road to Mosul, and see how much of a difference 70 kilometres can make. 

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'We Are Alone': Iraqis fleeing Mosul find safety in camps

ISIS killed Talal Jarbo Sliman's three brothers and all he got was a letter letting him know they were gone.

Jarbo Sliman's brother Said was found guilty by a court of the Islamic State in Mosul in October 2014, the letter reads, and the punishment was death. Said's crime, as well as that of the other two brothers, was helping the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga forces.

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Mosul, Iraq - November 2016 (Photo by Sarah Lawrynuik)

Mosul, Iraq - November 2016 (Photo by Sarah Lawrynuik)