Launched by an heterogeneous coalition of forces, the Mosul Operation has been slowed down by the defense of the Islamic state, as much as by the lack of coordination among the various armed groups engaged in the offensive (the Iraqi Army, the Kurdish fighters, and the international coalition). Patrick Chauvel’s photo report illustrates the fighting from the inside.

For further understanding, read Arthur Quesnay and Robin Beaumont’s article, The Political Stakes of the Battle of Mosul