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lunes, 24 de octubre de 2016

ISIS.- Shell-shocked children and their mothers flee ISIS after being liberated by troops advancing on Mosul amid warnings of gathering humanitarian disaster


  • Images show women and children sat on a roadside with nowhere else to go as the fighting goes on
  • Bags of possessions are strewn on the ground in Qayyarah as the  some of children can be seen crying
  • In other images, children have been celebrating after forces freed their village from the control ofI
  • Comes as coalition forces edge closer to liberating Mosul from the terror group who took control in 2014 
  • In one liberated Christian town, church bells rang for first time in two years as Christians returned to church
  • Pictures showed how jihadis vandalised the pews and altar as well as burning bibles and destroying statues 
Women and children are seen gathering on a roadside near the Qayyarah area, as the background is filled entirely with huge plumes of black smoke. 
Many can be seen looking on with fear and uncertainty in their eyes as they await the outcome of the fighting, which has been ongoing for a week.
Haunting images show scores of Iraqi families gathering on a roadside after being driven out of their homes due to the ongoing battle to recapture Mosul
Haunting images show scores of Iraqi families gathering on a roadside after being driven out of their homes due to the ongoing battle to recapture Mosul
A mother holds her child after being displaced from their home by the ongoing operation by allied forces against the Jihadis
A mother holds her child after being displaced from their home by the ongoing operation by allied forces against the Jihadis
This young child grips an adults back as she looks on into the distance. A mother can also be seen cradling an infant who looks no bigger than a few weeks old
This young child grips an adults back as she looks on into the distance. A mother can also be seen cradling an infant who looks no bigger than a few weeks old
Women and children are seen gathering on a roadside near the Qayyarah area, as the background is filled entirely with huge plumes of black smoke
Women and children are seen gathering on a roadside near the Qayyarah area, as the background is filled entirely with huge plumes of black smoke
The UN refugee agency is preparing to receive 150,000 people who fleeing the conflict around the Islamic State-held city
The UN refugee agency is preparing to receive 150,000 people who fleeing the conflict around the Islamic State-held city
Federal forces have taken dozens of small villages south of Mosul and are working their way up the Tigris Valley.
After an initial push by the Kurdish peshmerga, federal army and elite counter-terrorism forces have taken over the eastern front, where they have retaken swathes of the Nineveh plain.
They wrested back control of Bartalla, a Christian town only about 15 kilometres (10 miles) east of Mosul, and are fighting to take full control of Qaraqosh, formerly the largest Christian town in Iraq.
On the northeastern front, a large deployment of peshmerga have taken several villages from IS and are closing in on Bashiqa. 
The crowd waits by the roadside as they wait for the fighting to finish, as they have nowhere else to go
The crowd waits by the roadside as they wait for the fighting to finish, as they have nowhere else to go
Many can be seen looking on with fear and uncertainty in their eyes as they await the outcome of the fighting, which has been waging for a week
Many can be seen looking on with fear and uncertainty in their eyes as they await the outcome of the fighting, which has been waging for a week
This child, who was also seen holding his mother's hand with a dummy in his mouth, looks up to the sky
This group of men hold onto a railing as the clouds of smoke rise above them. The battle for Mosul has now been going on for a week
This group of men hold onto a railing as the clouds of smoke rise above them. The battle for Mosul has now been going on for a week
The US-led coalition says it has carried out 32 air strikes on the area in a week, delivering more than 1,700 munitions that destroyed 136 IS fighting positions, 18 tunnels and 26 car bombs.
Neither the federal government nor the autonomous Kurdish region release any figures for their dead and wounded, but both sides are taking casualties.
However, Baghdad, the Kurds and the US-led coalition supporting them with air strikes and advisers on the ground have said early gains exceeded expectations.
A young child hides behind an adult as the group prepare themselves for what could be a long wait. Bags of possessions can also be seen
A young child hides behind an adult as the group prepare themselves for what could be a long wait. Bags of possessions can also be seen
The group a supervised by a member of the Iraqi army, who are currently fighting Isis in Mosul 
The group a supervised by a member of the Iraqi army, who are currently fighting Isis in Mosul 
Federal forces have taken dozens of small villages south of Mosul and are working their way up the Tigris Valley
Federal forces have taken dozens of small villages south of Mosul and are working their way up the Tigris Valley
A girl wipes away tears as other children look extremely distressed as they sit on the floor
A girl wipes away tears as other children look extremely distressed as they sit on the floor
Kurdish leader Massud Barzani has hailed what he describes as excellent coordination with the forces from Baghdad, despite a running political and budgetary feud.
The push for Mosul, IS’s last major stronghold in Iraq, has been delayed on many occasions and all sides have had ample time to learn from previous operations and fine-tune their battle plans.
In other areas, children were seen posing for pictures giving the victory sign and scrambling around government forces for fruit as they celebrated the liberation of their village from ISIS.
Youngsters in the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul couldn't contain their excitement after the terror group were driven out as coalition forces advance on the city.
The liberation comes as the operation to tighten the noose around Mosul enters a second week as the battle continues to reclaim the last Iraqi city under control of ISIS. 
A group of Iraqi girls gather around to give the victory sign after the village was liberated by Iraqi forces from ISIS 
A group of Iraqi girls gather around to give the victory sign after the village was liberated by Iraqi forces from ISIS 
Youngsters in the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul couldn't contain their excitement after the terror group were driven out as coalition forces advance on the city
Youngsters in the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul couldn't contain their excitement after the terror group were driven out as coalition forces advance on the city
Iraqi forces hand out fruit to children who clamber around their vehicle as they celebrate no longer having to live under ISIS rule
Iraqi forces hand out fruit to children who clamber around their vehicle as they celebrate no longer having to live under ISIS rule
Iraqi government forces raise their national flag as they enter the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul
Iraqi government forces raise their national flag as they enter the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul

Young men could also be seen crowding around vans of Iraqi troops as they drove through the village distributing fruit.
However, in other parts of the city, women and children were seen fleeing as the battle for Mosul intensifies.
In other parts of Mosul, women and children were seen fleeing the city and heading towards the Syrian border
In other parts of Mosul, women and children were seen fleeing the city and heading towards the Syrian border
An Iraqi refugee woman who fled Mosul walks with her child as they wait to enter Syria in the desert area of Rajam al-Saliba
An Iraqi refugee woman who fled Mosul walks with her child as they wait to enter Syria in the desert area of Rajam al-Saliba
A refugee toddler cries as she and another child head towards the Syrian border after fleeing the battle for Mosul 
A refugee toddler cries as she and another child head towards the Syrian border after fleeing the battle for Mosul 
Iraqi children were pictured carrying blankets and pillows after they had fled Mosul
Iraqi children were pictured carrying blankets and pillows after they had fled Mosul
Iraqi children were pictured carrying blankets and pillows after they had fled Mosul and were heading towards refugee camps
A child plays at a camp for displaced families in Dibaga, near Mosul. The campaign to retake Mosul comes after months of planning and involves more than 25,000 Iraqi troops
A child plays at a camp for displaced families in Dibaga, near Mosul. The campaign to retake Mosul comes after months of planning and involves more than 25,000 Iraqi troops
A young boy carries bedding on top of his head as he walks around a camp for displaced families on the outskirts of Mosul
A young boy carries bedding on top of his head as he walks around a camp for displaced families on the outskirts of Mosul
Hundreds of worried residents made their way to the desert area of Rajam al-Saliba on the Iraq-Syria border south of al-Hol in Syria's Hassakeh province to cross the border.
The UN refugee agency is preparing to receive 150,000 people who are fleeing the conflict around the Islamic State-held city. 
Filippo Grandi told reporters: 'The preparations are proceeding well... UNHCR is going to have in two or three days 30,000 tents in Iraq, enough for 150,000 people,'
Mr Grandi said a key issue was 'to find enough sites to be able to receive this huge mass of people should it come out of Mosul'.
Iraqi refugees that fled violence in Mosul get inspected from rebel fighters upon arrival in al-Kherbeh village, northern Aleppo province, Syria
Iraqi refugees that fled violence in Mosul get inspected from rebel fighters upon arrival in al-Kherbeh village, northern Aleppo province, Syria
An Iraqi refugee girl that fled violence in Mosul rides a van upon arrival in al-Kherbeh village, northern Aleppo province in Syria after leaving her home country 
An Iraqi refugee girl that fled violence in Mosul rides a van upon arrival in al-Kherbeh village, northern Aleppo province in Syria after leaving her home country 
Women and children were pictured riding on the back of a pick-up truck after fleeing the violence in Mosul 
Women and children were pictured riding on the back of a pick-up truck after fleeing the violence in Mosul 
The UN refugee agency is preparing to receive 150,000 Iraqis fleeing fighting , its chief said on Monday
The UN refugee agency is preparing to receive 150,000 Iraqis fleeing fighting , its chief said on Monday
Hundreds of worried residents made their way to the desert area of Rajam al-Saliba on the Iraq-Syria border
Hundreds of worried residents made their way to the desert area of Rajam al-Saliba on the Iraq-Syria border
An Iraqi refugee girl that fled violence in Mosul plays with sand upon arrival in al-Kherbeh village where she will live 
An Iraqi refugee girl that fled violence in Mosul plays with sand upon arrival in al-Kherbeh village where she will live 
'Negotiations in this respect are going on with the government of Iraq and with the Kurdish regional government,' he said.
So far, 'the outflow of displaced people is not yet from the city of Mosul but from the outskirts' where there has been fighting.' 
'We have about 7,500 displaced people that have moved from the outskirts of Mosul to other locations that have been assisted and we have perhaps around 1,000 that have crossed into Syria,' he added.
A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter aims to fire during a battle with ISIS militants at Topzawa village, near Bashiqa, in Mosul 
A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter aims to fire during a battle with ISIS militants at Topzawa village, near Bashiqa, in Mosul 
Smoke rises after an U.S. airstrike, while the Iraqi army pushes into Topzawa village during the operation against ISIS terrorists
Smoke rises after an U.S. airstrike, while the Iraqi army pushes into Topzawa village during the operation against ISIS terrorists
Smoke rises after a road side bomb blew up a Kurdish Peshmerga vehicle during a battle with ISIS militants on the outskirts of Mosul today 
Smoke rises after a road side bomb blew up a Kurdish Peshmerga vehicle during a battle with ISIS militants on the outskirts of Mosul today 
It is unclear how many people were caught up in the roadside bomb but one Kurdish fighter was seen with blood running down his face
It is unclear how many people were caught up in the roadside bomb but one Kurdish fighter was seen with blood running down his face
It comes as the terror group have begun launching diversionary suicide attacks as coalition forces edge closer to liberating the Iraqi city of Mosul from their control.  
The terror group unleashed a series of car bombs in the town of Rutba to the west of Mosul yesterday in a bid to distract Kurdish forces who have been approaching the city from the north. 
Meanwhile, Iraqi forces shelled ISIS positions outside Mosul this morning as fighting to retake the extremist-held city entered its second week.
However, yesterday jihadis stormed the town of Rutba unleashing three suicide car bombs that were apparently blown up before reaching their targets.
ISIS have began launching diversionary suicide attacks as coalition forces edge closer to liberating the Iraqi city of Mosul from their control
ISIS have began launching diversionary suicide attacks as coalition forces edge closer to liberating the Iraqi city of Mosul from their control
Iraqi forces enter a church in the town of Bartella in a bid to liberate it from ISIS control and allow worshippers to return 
Iraqi forces enter a church in the town of Bartella in a bid to liberate it from ISIS control and allow worshippers to return 
Inside the church, pews had been destroyed, the altar had been vandalised and ISIS graffiti was daubed on the walls 
Inside the church, pews had been destroyed, the altar had been vandalised and ISIS graffiti was daubed on the walls 
Spokesman for the Joint Military Command Brigadier General Yahya Rasool confirmed that several militants were killed but declined to say if any civilians or Iraqi forces were left dead.
He added that ISIS did not seize any government building and that the situation was 'under control.'
Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, confirmed there had been a complex attack in Rutba and said he expects more such diversionary attacks as Iraqi forces close in on Mosul.
For the first time in two years, the bells at the churches in Bartella were able to ring out after the town was liberated 
For the first time in two years, the bells at the churches in Bartella were able to ring out after the town was liberated 
Iraqi forces surround a liberated church which had been destroyed during the occupation of ISIS for the past two years 
Iraqi forces surround a liberated church which had been destroyed during the occupation of ISIS for the past two years 
Iraqi troops wave the Iraqi flag after liberating the predominantly Christian town of Bartella over the weekend 
Iraqi troops wave the Iraqi flag after liberating the predominantly Christian town of Bartella over the weekend 
A church in the Christian village of Bartella, which has been liberated from ISIS control  was left destroyed following a battle for the area 
A church in the Christian village of Bartella, which has been liberated from ISIS control  was left destroyed following a battle for the area 
Faces of characters from a biblical scene have been defaced by ISIS when they were in control of the village 
Faces of characters from a biblical scene have been defaced by ISIS when they were in control of the village 
An Islamic State flag is painted on the wall of a church in the predominantly Christian town of Bartella during the occupation by ISIS
An Islamic State flag is painted on the wall of a church in the predominantly Christian town of Bartella during the occupation by ISIS
Piles of burned bibles lie on the ground after they were destroyed by ISIS during their occupation of Bartella 
Piles of burned bibles lie on the ground after they were destroyed by ISIS during their occupation of Bartella 
It comes after ISIS carried out a large assault on the northern city of Kirkuk on Friday, in which more than 50 militants stormed government compounds and other targets, setting off more than 24 hours of heavy fighting and killing at least 80 people, mainly security forces.
The interior of another church which shows the altar and the pews ransacked and destroyed 
The interior of another church which shows the altar and the pews ransacked and destroyed 
But jihadis have been fleeing other towns as Iraqi and Kurdish forces continue their march towards Mosul, including the Christian town of Bartella.
There, Christians have been able to ring the church bells for the first time in two years since it came under ISIS control.
In one church building in Bartella, Iraqi forces discovered that ISIS graffiti had been daubed all over the walls while a statue of the Virgin Mary had been destroyed.
In the church yard, piles of burned bibles were strewn on the ground while a statue of Christ was shown to have had its head broken off.  
The campaign to retake Mosul comes after months of planning and involves more than 25,000 Iraqi troops, Kurdish forces, Sunni tribal fighters and state-sanctioned Shiite militias.
It is expected to take weeks, if not months, to drive ISIS out of Iraq's second largest city, which is still home to more than a million people.
The militants captured Mosul in the summer of 2014, when they swept across much of northern and western Iraq. ISIS has suffered a series of setbacks over the past year, and Mosul is its last major urban bastion in Iraq.
Troops recover items including books and artwork that have been destroyed inside a church ransacked by jihadis in Iraq 
Troops recover items including books and artwork that have been destroyed inside a church ransacked by jihadis in Iraq 
The militants captured Mosul in the summer of 2014, when they swept across much of northern and western Iraq. Pictured are Iraqi troops inside one of the churches in Bartella 
The militants captured Mosul in the summer of 2014, when they swept across much of northern and western Iraq. Pictured are Iraqi troops inside one of the churches in Bartella 
An Iraqi soldier walks past of broken statue of the Virgin Mary after liberating the town of Bartella, which has a Christian population 
An Iraqi soldier walks past of broken statue of the Virgin Mary after liberating the town of Bartella, which has a Christian population 
An Iraqi soldier stands guard next to a church in Bartella. In the background is a statue of Christ with its head broken off
An Iraqi soldier stands guard next to a church in Bartella. In the background is a statue of Christ with its head broken off
Meanwhile, a rights group has been calling for a probe into a suspected airstrike last week that mistakenly hit a mosque, killing over a dozen civilians.
The purported airstrike in northern Iraq struck the women's section of a Shiite mosque on Friday in the town of Daquq amid a large Islamic State assault on the nearby city of Kirkuk. That assault was meant to distract the Iraqi forces and their allies from the massive operation around Mosul.
Human Rights Watch said Daquq's residents believe the attack was an airstrike because of the extent of the destruction and because planes could be heard flying overhead. The New York-based watchdog said at least 13 people were reported killed.
Iraqi special forces put their weapons in place and prepare to attack ISIS positions as fighting to retake Mosul enters a second week 
Iraqi special forces put their weapons in place and prepare to attack ISIS positions as fighting to retake Mosul enters a second week 
It is expected to take weeks, if not months, to drive ISIS out of Iraq's second largest city, which is still home to more than a million people
It is expected to take weeks, if not months, to drive ISIS out of Iraq's second largest city, which is still home to more than a million people
A member of the Iraqi government forces smokes a cigarette as they rest in the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul, after recapturing it from ISIS
A member of the Iraqi government forces smokes a cigarette as they rest in the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul, after recapturing it from ISIS
The U.S.-led coalition and the Iraqi military, which are waging the offensive to drive ISIS from the northern city of Mosul, are the only parties known to be flying military aircraft over Iraq.
Colonel John Dorrian, a U.S. military spokesman, said the coalition had 'definitively determined' that it did not conduct the airstrike that killed civilians in Daquq, and had shared its findings with the Iraqi government, which is carrying out its own investigation.
'The Coalition uses precision munitions and an exhaustive process to reduce the possibility of civilian casualties and collateral damage because the preservation of civilian life is paramount importance to us,' Dorrian said.
The Iraqi government is also investigating the attack but declined to say whether Iraqi or coalition planes were flying in the area at the time of the explosion.
Iraq's elite counter-terrorism forces prepare to attack Islamic State positions as fighting to retake the extremist-held  village of Tob Zawa, outside Mosul
Iraq's elite counter-terrorism forces prepare to attack Islamic State positions as fighting to retake the extremist-held  village of Tob Zawa, outside Mosul
A convoy of special forces advanced toward the village of Tob Zawa this morning encountering roadside bombs and trading heavy fire with the militants
A convoy of special forces advanced toward the village of Tob Zawa this morning encountering roadside bombs and trading heavy fire with the militants



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