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An Iraqi boy herds his soot covered sheep through the polluted countryside of Qayyarah, Iraq on November 14, 2015. The area was recaptured by Iraqi forces from ISIS militants in August 2016. The militants set dozens of oil wells on fire hoping to obscure the view of Iraqi and coalition warplanes targeting their retreat. The fires have been burning for several months and locals numbering roughly 15,000 continue their daily life under the chocking black smoke covered sky. The town 30km south of Mosul was a necessary victory for Iraqi troops planing their offensive to recapture Mosul from ISIS militants.
Firefighters tackle burning oil wells in Qayyarah, Iraq. Dozens of wells have been burning for several months after the Iraqi army liberated the area from Isis militants in August 2016 who used the wells to screen their retreat from airstrikes. Iraqi fire fighting teams waited for proper equipment to cap the wells arriving from Kuwait while the virulent black clouds visible from outer space engulfed Qayyarah and the surrounding areas blackening everything underneath them.
An Iraqi boy stands on top of the abandoned bunkers used to avoid airstrikes by ISIS militants on November 13, 2016. In the background, oil wells by the dozens burn and blacken the toxic skies surrounding Qayyarah, Iraq. The oil wells were set ablaze by the retreating militants to cover their withdrawal from the area after Iraqi security forces liberated the town in August.
Iraqi youth create a playground on the destroyed buildings and streets of Qayyarah, Iraq on November 13, 2016. This area was used by ISIS as a bazar and also where they would preform beheadings and cutting off the hands of thieves and prisoners.
Ahmed 19, stands by a road his unit protects he is an officer in the Hashd al Shaabi youth militia in Qayyarah, Iraq on November 19, 2016. The militia was formed after the towns liberation in October 2016. His job is to maintain a road check point and patrol the area with his small unit and keep up a presence of security near the burning oil wells that were set ablaze by ISIS militants during their retreat from the town.
These bodies are supposedly ISIS supporters that were killed by Iraqi military snipers as they exited a tunnel trying to flee. There was a number of bodies in a burn oil pit one local who new the deceased said it was a whole family that was killed father, mother, daughter, and two sons. Bodies of ISIS fighters or supporters are ordered to not be buried to allow the wild dogs to devour the corpses Qayyarrah, Iraq on November 13, 2016.
Muhaned 18, stands by a road his small unit protects he is a fighter in the Hashd al Shaabi youth militia in Qayyarah, Iraq on November 19, 2016. The militia was formed for security reasons after the towns liberation in October 2016. His job is to maintain a road check point and patrol the area with his small unit and keep up a presence of security near the burning oil wells that were set ablaze by ISIS militants during their retreat from the town.
An Iraqi boy rides his bicycle down a deserted road towards the mammoth burning oil wells set ablaze by ISIS militants to obscure their retreat from the area from Iraqi and Coalition warplanes in Qayyarah, Iraq on November 13, 2016.
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