2017 Photo Contest, General News, 1st prize

Offensive on Mosul


Laurent Van der Stockt

Getty Images Reportage for Le Monde

02 November, 2016

A girl stands outside as members of a counter-terrorism battalion of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) search homes in Gogjali, an eastern suburb of Mosul, Iraq, during an offensive to liberate the city.

Mosul was the last major stronghold of the Islamic State group (IS) in Iraq. ISOF entered Gogjali in late October, and began looking for IS members, equipment and evidence. Gogjali was retaken in early November, and most of Eastern Mosul by the end of January 2017.

About the photographer

Laurent Van der Stockt

He is an independent photojournalist with the Gamma agency after the Romanian insurrection of 1990, then with the American magazine Newsweek in 2001 and the Getty agency in 2010....

Technical information

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84.0 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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