Federal Police fire on Islamic State positions in west Mosul
Federal Police fire on Islamic State positions in west Mosul

A mirror is used to look for snipers and movement in the Islamic State-held buildings at the end of the street. For more than three months, the Federal Police were tasked with holding the lines against Islamic State on the edge of the Old City. They did so with varying levels of success.

April 12, 2017

Federal Police enter a cinema in west Mosul
Federal Police enter a cinema in west Mosul

April 19, 2017

A soldiers clears a theater in Mosul's Old City.
A soldiers clears a theater in Mosul's Old City.

April 19, 2017

A Federal Policeman reacts as Islamic State bullets impact the other side of the wall near him. Police were fighting Islamic State for control of this cinema in west Mosul.
A Federal Policeman reacts as Islamic State bullets impact the other side of the wall near him. Police were fighting Islamic State for control of this cinema in west Mosul.

April 19, 2017

A Federal Policeman walks between fighting positions in a movie theater in west Mosul
A Federal Policeman walks between fighting positions in a movie theater in west Mosul

April 19, 2017

Federal Police tread on old rolls of film as they take positions in a cinema.
Federal Police tread on old rolls of film as they take positions in a cinema.

April 19, 2017

A Federal Police mortar team maintains their position on the front lines in the Old City.
A Federal Police mortar team maintains their position on the front lines in the Old City.

April 18, 2017

On the edge of Islamic State territory in West Mosul.
On the edge of Islamic State territory in West Mosul.

This soldier wore the uniform of the Federal Police, which also bore the patch of the Emergency Response Brigade. He was part of a unit securing a street ahead of the arrival of two Federal Police commanders.

April 9. 2017

A Federal Police sniper, using a .50 calibre rifle captured from Islamic State, watches over west Mosul
A Federal Police sniper, using a .50 calibre rifle captured from Islamic State, watches over west Mosul

April 9, 2017

A Federal Police sniper watches over west Mosul
A Federal Police sniper watches over west Mosul

April 9, 2017

A member of the Federal Police loads his machine gun before battle.
A member of the Federal Police loads his machine gun before battle.

Many units lived in civilian houses at the front for 10 days at a time. The police had constructed make-shift beds in rooms within earshot of Islamic State fighters. The graffiti says "The heroes of al-Banmur were here."

April 19, 2017

For the Federal Police, front line assignments generally lasted 10 days.
For the Federal Police, front line assignments generally lasted 10 days.

Comforts for enlisted men were few and resupply required crossing a wide street in front of snipers. Islamic State occupied the building directly north, and the doorway near where these men slept received pinpoint enemy fire. April 19, 2017

Federal Police commanders shave and rest in a civilian home on the front line in west Mosul
Federal Police commanders shave and rest in a civilian home on the front line in west Mosul

April 12, 2017

The Iraqi military shared food with civilians arriving at their lines.
The Iraqi military shared food with civilians arriving at their lines.

These boys had just arrived from northwest Mosul, where they had lived under the Islamic State for more than 2 years.

Musharrifah, Northwest Mosul. May 5, 2017

 April 12, 2017. West Mosul

April 12, 2017. West Mosul

A member of the Golden Division shows off a photograph he took with Jared Kushner.
A member of the Golden Division shows off a photograph he took with Jared Kushner.

Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, had been in Mosul two days previous. 

April 8, 2017

9th Armored Division near Musharrifah, Iraq
9th Armored Division near Musharrifah, Iraq

May 5, 2017

Iraqi soldiers from the 9th Armored Division connect with the outside world while on the front lines in Musharrifah.
Iraqi soldiers from the 9th Armored Division connect with the outside world while on the front lines in Musharrifah.

Though West Mosul was completely dark, a weak 4G cell phone signal from Korek Telecom reached across from East Mosul.

May 7, 2017

Federal Police fire on Islamic State positions in west Mosul
Federal Police enter a cinema in west Mosul
A soldiers clears a theater in Mosul's Old City.
A Federal Policeman reacts as Islamic State bullets impact the other side of the wall near him. Police were fighting Islamic State for control of this cinema in west Mosul.
A Federal Policeman walks between fighting positions in a movie theater in west Mosul
Federal Police tread on old rolls of film as they take positions in a cinema.
A Federal Police mortar team maintains their position on the front lines in the Old City.
On the edge of Islamic State territory in West Mosul.
A Federal Police sniper, using a .50 calibre rifle captured from Islamic State, watches over west Mosul
A Federal Police sniper watches over west Mosul
A member of the Federal Police loads his machine gun before battle.
For the Federal Police, front line assignments generally lasted 10 days.
Federal Police commanders shave and rest in a civilian home on the front line in west Mosul
The Iraqi military shared food with civilians arriving at their lines.
 April 12, 2017. West Mosul
A member of the Golden Division shows off a photograph he took with Jared Kushner.
9th Armored Division near Musharrifah, Iraq
Iraqi soldiers from the 9th Armored Division connect with the outside world while on the front lines in Musharrifah.
Federal Police fire on Islamic State positions in west Mosul

A mirror is used to look for snipers and movement in the Islamic State-held buildings at the end of the street. For more than three months, the Federal Police were tasked with holding the lines against Islamic State on the edge of the Old City. They did so with varying levels of success.

April 12, 2017

Federal Police enter a cinema in west Mosul

April 19, 2017

A soldiers clears a theater in Mosul's Old City.

April 19, 2017

A Federal Policeman reacts as Islamic State bullets impact the other side of the wall near him. Police were fighting Islamic State for control of this cinema in west Mosul.

April 19, 2017

A Federal Policeman walks between fighting positions in a movie theater in west Mosul

April 19, 2017

Federal Police tread on old rolls of film as they take positions in a cinema.

April 19, 2017

A Federal Police mortar team maintains their position on the front lines in the Old City.

April 18, 2017

On the edge of Islamic State territory in West Mosul.

This soldier wore the uniform of the Federal Police, which also bore the patch of the Emergency Response Brigade. He was part of a unit securing a street ahead of the arrival of two Federal Police commanders.

April 9. 2017

A Federal Police sniper, using a .50 calibre rifle captured from Islamic State, watches over west Mosul

April 9, 2017

A Federal Police sniper watches over west Mosul

April 9, 2017

A member of the Federal Police loads his machine gun before battle.

Many units lived in civilian houses at the front for 10 days at a time. The police had constructed make-shift beds in rooms within earshot of Islamic State fighters. The graffiti says "The heroes of al-Banmur were here."

April 19, 2017

For the Federal Police, front line assignments generally lasted 10 days.

Comforts for enlisted men were few and resupply required crossing a wide street in front of snipers. Islamic State occupied the building directly north, and the doorway near where these men slept received pinpoint enemy fire. April 19, 2017

Federal Police commanders shave and rest in a civilian home on the front line in west Mosul

April 12, 2017

The Iraqi military shared food with civilians arriving at their lines.

These boys had just arrived from northwest Mosul, where they had lived under the Islamic State for more than 2 years.

Musharrifah, Northwest Mosul. May 5, 2017

April 12, 2017. West Mosul

A member of the Golden Division shows off a photograph he took with Jared Kushner.

Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, had been in Mosul two days previous. 

April 8, 2017

9th Armored Division near Musharrifah, Iraq

May 5, 2017

Iraqi soldiers from the 9th Armored Division connect with the outside world while on the front lines in Musharrifah.

Though West Mosul was completely dark, a weak 4G cell phone signal from Korek Telecom reached across from East Mosul.

May 7, 2017

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