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Slaget om Mosul

av Martin Schori

Mosul är sedan två år ockuperad av terrorsekten IS. Staden, med runt 1 miljon invånare, togs i princip utan strid då de irakiska trupperna valde att retirera. 

Men nu är de irakiska regimstyrkorna tillbaka, med målet att återta staden före årsskiftet.

TOPSHOT - Iraqi children from the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul, pose for a photo after Iraqi government forces recaptured the village from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on October 23, 2016, in part of an ongoing operation to tighten the noose around Mosul and reclaim the last major Iraqi city under IS control. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT / kod 444

Regeringsarméns framryckning har mötts av artilleribeskjutning, krypskytteeld och bilburna självmordsbombare, rapporterar AFP. På söndagen rullade dock irakiska specialförband in i byn al-Khuwayn. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT /

TOPSHOT - Iraqi children from the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul, pose for a photo after Iraqi government forces recaptured the village from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on October 23, 2016, in part of an ongoing operation to tighten the noose around Mosul and reclaim the last major Iraqi city under IS control. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT / kod 444
A member of the Iraqi forces talks with a family in the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul, after recapturing it from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on October 23, 2016, in part of an ongoing operation to tighten the noose around Mosul and reclaim the last major Iraqi city under IS control. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT / kod 444
En irakiska soldat pratar med bybor efter befrielsen av al-Khuwayn. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT
TOPSHOT - A member of the Iraqi government forces flashes the sign for victory as they enter the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul, after recapturing the village from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on October 23, 2016, in part of an ongoing operation to tighten the noose around Mosul and reclaim the last major Iraqi city under IS control. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT / kod 444
En medlem av irakiska specialförbanden gör segertecknet framför kameran. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT
TOPSHOT - 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 Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on October 23, 2016, in part of an ongoing operation to tighten the noose around Mosul and reclaim the last major Iraqi city under IS control. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT / kod 444
En irakisk soldat röker en cigarett i al-Khuwayn. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT
TOPSHOT - Iraqi government forces raise their national flag as they enter the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul, after recapturing it from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on October 23, 2016, in part of an ongoing operation to tighten the noose around Mosul and reclaim the last major Iraqi city under IS control. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT / kod 444
När trupperna rullade in i byn kunde de återigen resa den irakiska flaggan. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT
TOPSHOT - Iraqi forces distribute fruits to children in the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul, after recapturing the village from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on October 23, 2016, in part of an ongoing operation to tighten the noose around Mosul and reclaim the last major Iraqi city under IS control. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT / kod 444
De kunde också dela ut mat och frukt till byborna. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT /
Iraqi forces deploy on October 17, 2016 in the area of al-Shurah, some 45 kms south of Mosul, as they advance towards the city to retake it from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. Some 30,000 federal forces are leading the offensive, backed by air and ground support from a 60-nation US-led coalition, in what is expected to be a long and difficult assault on IS's last major Iraqi stronghold. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT / kod 444
Irakiska trupper på väg mot Mosul. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT
TOPSHOT - Iraqi forces battle against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in the Bajwaniyah village, about 30 kms south of Mosul, on October 18, 2016 as they advance to liberate Mosul from the group. Tens of thousands of Iraqi forces were making gains on the Islamic State group in Mosul in an offensive US President Barack Obama warned would be a "difficult fight". / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / ALTERNATIVE CROP / TT / kod 444
AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / ALTERNATIVE CROP / TT
TOPSHOT - Iraqi forces deploy in the Bajwaniyah village, about 30 kms south of Mosul, on October 18, 2016 after they liberated it from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. Tens of thousands of Iraqi forces were making gains on the Islamic State group in Mosul in an offensive US President Barack Obama warned would be a "difficult fight". / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT / kod 444
AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT /
TOPSHOT - CORRECTION - A member of Iraqi forces gestures as troops head to the frontline on October 18, 2016 near the town of Qayyarah, south of Mosul, during the operation to recapture the city from the Islamic State group. Tens of thousands of Iraqi forces were making gains on the Islamic State group in Mosul in an offensive US President Barack Obama warned would be a "difficult fight". A massive cloud of dark grey smoke blots out the horizon as the result of oil wells being set afire by IS in an effort to provide cover from air strikes. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by BULENT KILIC has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [date is October 18] instead of [October 16]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.” / TT / kod 444
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TOPSHOT - Iraqi forces deploy in the Bajwaniyah village, about 30 kms south of Mosul, on October 18, 2016 after they liberated the village from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. Tens of thousands of Iraqi forces were making gains on the Islamic State group in Mosul in an offensive US President Barack Obama warned would be a "difficult fight". / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT / kod 444
AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT /
Iraqi forces hold a position on October 17, 2016 in the area of al-Shurah, some 45 kms south of Mosul, as they advance towards the city to retake it from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. Some 30,000 federal forces are leading the offensive, backed by air and ground support from a 60-nation US-led coalition, in what is expected to be a long and difficult assault on IS's last major Iraqi stronghold. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT / kod 444
AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT
A Peshmerga convoy drives towards a frontline in Khazer, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Mosul, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. The Iraqi military and the country's Kurdish forces say they launched operations to the south and east of militant-held Mosul early Monday morning. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
Peshmerga-soldater på väg mot fronten för att bekämpa IS-krigare i Khazer, 3 mil från Mosul. AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
TOPSHOT - A picture taken from the top of Mount Zardak, about 25 kilometres east of Mosul, shows Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters watching smoke billowing in the Iraqi city of Nineveh, during an operation against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists, on October 17, 2016. Thousands of Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga forces advanced on jihadist-held villages east of Mosul as part of a broad operation to retake the city from the Islamic State group. / AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED / TT / kod 444
Peshmerga-soldater vid fronten. AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED / TT
Kurdish security forces take up a position as they fight overlooking the Islamic State-controlled in villages surrounding Mosul, in Khazer, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Mosul, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Iraqi government and Kurdish forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition air and ground support, launched coordinated military operations early on Monday as the long-awaited fight to wrest the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State fighters got underway.(AP Photo)
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TOPSHOT - Iraqi forces deploy on October 17, 2016 in the area of al-Shurah, some 45 kms south of Mosul, as they advance towards the city to retake it from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. Some 30,000 federal forces are leading the offensive, backed by air and ground support from a 60-nation US-led coalition, in what is expected to be a long and difficult assault on IS's last major Iraqi stronghold. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT / kod 444
AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT
FILE -- In this Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 file photo, Iraqi soldiers secure a temporary pontoon bridge near Qayara Air Base, northern Iraq. Iraqi forces appear poised to launch their most complex anti-IS operation to date: retaking the country’s second largest city of Mosul. While the country’s military has won a string of territorial victories that have pushed IS out of more than half of the territory the group once held, some Iraqi officials worry that the Mosul fight has been rushed and if the city is retaken without a plan to broker a peace, it could lead to more violence. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck, File)

Irakiska militärer väntar på att anfalla. REUTERS/TT

Iraqi forces deploy in the area of al-Shourah, some 45 kms south of Mosul, as they advance towards the city to retake it from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists, on October 17, 2016. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced earlier in the day that the long-awaited operation to recapture Mosul was under way. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT / kod 444
Irakiska styrkor utanför al-Shourah, fyra mil från Mosul. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT
MOSUL 2016-10-17 Smoke rises from clashes in the east of Mosul during clashes with Islamic State militants, Iraq, October 17, 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari Photo: / REUTERS / TT / kod 72000
På måndagsmorgone började striderna i östra Mosul, när kurdiska och irakiska trupper inledde offensiven mot IS. REUTERS / TT
MOSUL 2016-10-17 A car bomb attack is seen in the east of Mosul during clashes with Islamic State militants, Iraq, October 17, 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari Photo: / REUTERS / TT / kod 72000
En bilmbomb detonerar i östra Mosul. REUTERS / TT
A Sunni Iraqi policeman prays at the Qayyarah military base, about 60 kilometres (35 miles) south of Mosul, on October 16, 2016, as they prepare for an offensive to retake Mosul, the last IS-held city in the country, after regaining much of the territory the jihadists seized in 2014 and 2015. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT / kod 444
En polisman ber utanför militärbasen  Qayyarah, söder om Mosul, AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT
Iraqi forces gather at the Qayyarah military base, about 60 kilometres (35 miles) south of Mosul, on October 16, 2016, as they prepare for an offensive to retake Mosul, the last IS-held city in the country, after regaining much of the territory the jihadists seized in 2014 and 2015. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT / kod 444
AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT
Iraqi forces gesture as they gather at the Qayyarah military base, about 60 kilometres (35 miles) south of Mosul, on October 16, 2016, as they prepare for an offensive to retake Mosul, the last IS-held city in the country, after regaining much of the territory the jihadists seized in 2014 and 2015. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT / kod 444
De irakiska soldaterna är segervissa – totalt runt tio gånger fler till antalet än IS. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT
Iraqi forces gather at the Qayyarah military base, about 60 kilometres (35 miles) south of Mosul, on October 16, 2016, as they prepare for an offensive to retake Mosul, the last IS-held city in the country, after regaining much of the territory the jihadists seized in 2014 and 2015. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT / kod 444
AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / TT
File -- In this Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 file photo, Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces gather ahead of an operation to re-take the Islamic State-held City of Mosul, outside Irbil, Iraq. Iraqi forces appear poised to launch their most complex anti-IS operation to date: retaking the country’s second largest city of Mosul. While the country’s military has won a string of territorial victories that have pushed IS out of more than half of the territory the group once held, some Iraqi officials worry that the Mosul fight has been rushed and if the city is retaken without a plan to broker a peace, it could lead to more violence. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)
Irakiska specialstyrkor, som tidigare befriat Tikrit och Falluja, ska ta Mosuls stadskärna. AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed
MOSUL 2016-10-15 A member of the Iraqi security forces stands with his weapon on the east of Mosul during preparations to attack Mosul, Iraq, October 15, 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari Photo: / REUTERS / TT / kod 72000
MOSUL 2016-10-15 Peshmerga forces gather on the outskirt of Mosul during preparationS to attack Mosul, Iraq, October 15, 2016. REUTERS/Ari Jalal Photo: / REUTERS / TT / kod 72000
Kurdiska peshmerga-styrkor deltar också i slaget. REUTERS / TT /
MOSUL 2016-10-15 Peshmerga forces gather on the outskirt of Mosul during preparations to attack Mosul, Iraq, October 15, 2016. REUTERS/Ari Jalal Photo: / REUTERS / TT / kod 72000
REUTERS / TT
MOSUL 2016-10-14 A fighter from the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), mans an anti-aircraft gun mounted on the rear of a vehicle in Mosul July 16, 2014. The banner on the bridge reads: "Welcome to the State of Nineveh; There is no God but God and Mohammad is the Messenger of God". To match Exclusive MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL REUTERS/Stringer /File Photo Photo: / REUTERS / TT / kod 72000
Inne i staden finns runt 6 000 IS-krigare. REUTERS / TT
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