Facing ISIS: Training to Liberate Mosul

Collection with 17 media items created by Gavin John

Iraq 10 May 2015 00:00

Following the fall of Mosul, Iraq to ISIL, several thousand residences fled to nearby Kurdistan. A year later, they have rallied together and have formed a militia with the intention of retaking their city.

From a training camp just outside of the ISIS held city, we speak to the general in charge as well as the troops on why they are there and how they view the upcoming Siege of Mosul.

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The Mosul Militia 01
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

A traffic sign lies on the ground on the road to the ISIS occupied city of Mosul on May 11, 2015. (Gavin John)

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The Mosul Militia 02
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
09 May 2015

An Iraqi militia man holds up a Kurdish patch at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul, Iraq on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Gavin John)

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The Mosul Militia 03
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

An Iraqi militia stands at attention at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Gavin John)

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The Mosul Militia 04
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
09 May 2015

An Iraqi militia poses for a photo at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. Many of the soldiers did not want their faces shown as they still have families trapped in Mosul. (Gavin John)

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The Mosul Militia 05
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

An Iraqi militia trains at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Gavin John)

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The Mosul Militia 06
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

An Iraqi militia trains at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Gavin John)

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The Mosul Militia 07
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

An Iraqi militia trains at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Gavin John)

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The Mosul Militia 08
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

An Iraqi militia trains at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Gavin John)

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The Mosul Militia 09
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

An Iraqi militia flashes the "victory" sign at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. Many of the soldiers have said they are ready to take the fight to ISIS and are prepared to die for their city. (Gavin John)

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The Mosul Militia 10
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

An Iraqi militia flashes the "victory" sign at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Gavin John)

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The Mosul Militia 11
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
09 May 2015

General Mohammed Tariq poses under an Iraqi flag at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul, Iraq on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Crystal Schick)

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The Mosul Militia 12
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
09 May 2015

General Mohammed Tariq poses for a photo at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul, Iraq on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Crystal Schick)

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The Mosul Militia 13
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
09 May 2015

General Mohammed Tariq poses under an Iraqi flag at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul, Iraq on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Crystal Schick)

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The Mosul Militia 14
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
09 May 2015

A masked militiaman poses under an Iraqi flag at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul, Iraq on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Crystal Schick)

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The Mosul Militia 15
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
09 May 2015

A masked militiaman poses under an Iraqi flag at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul, Iraq on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Crystal Schick)

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Facing ISIS: Training to Liberate Mosul
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

Following the fall of Mosul, Iraq to ISIL, several thousand residences fled to nearby Kurdistan. A year later, they have rallied together and have formed a militia with the intention of retaking their city.

From a training camp just outside of the ISIS held city, we speak to the general in charge as well as the troops on why they are there and how they view the upcoming Siege of Mosul

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Facing ISIS: Training to Liberate Mosul
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

Following the fall of Mosul to ISIS militants in June 2014, many residence fled to nearby Kurdistan where they are now forming a militia with the intention to retake their city.