Fight for Mosul Takes Toll on Civilians

Photographs by Veronique de Viguerie

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As the campaign to retake Mosul from the Islamic State enters its seventh month, Iraqi and coalition forces can boast of progress in gaining control of the city's eastern half and some western neighborhoods. But resistance from the Sunni militant group has been stiff and the fighting has taken a larger toll on both civilians and government forces. More than 300,000 people have fled the city since fighting began in October, and several thousand civilians and fighters on both sides. The civilian toll includes several dozen people killed in an air strike by the U.S.-led coalition on the Jadida district in March.

Reportage photographer Veronique de Viguerie traveled to Mosul in March and April, documenting both the impact on civilian life and the close-quarters fighting between Iraqi Emergency Response Division and ISIS militants.

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