2017 Photo Contest, Spot News, 3rd prize

Battle for Mosul


Felipe Dana

The Associated Press

16 November, 2016

A car bomb explodes next to armored vehicles belonging to Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) as they advance towards territory held by the Islamic State group (IS), in Mosul, Iraq.

The convoy’s progress was slow, while a bulldozer and tank constructed roadblocks along the route as a buffer against car bombs. The joint offensive by ISOF and allied militias to regain control of Mosul, seized by IS in June 2014, had begun a month earlier and was considered key in the military intervention against IS.

About the photographer

Felipe Dana

Felipe Dana is a Brazilian photojournalist and editor at The Associated Press. He started his career as an assistant photographer when he was only 15 and later pursued a degree i...

Technical information

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35.0 mm
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

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