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Eid Around Haj Ali

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Yalla spent Eid with soldiers and displaced families in and around Haj Ali. Here are a selection of images from the day.

Smoke cloaks the sky at dusk. From as far away as Makhmour, the burning oil fields of Qayyarah blotted out the sun, reducing the late summer temperature significantly
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Smoke cloaks the sky at dusk. From as far away as Makhmour, the burning oil fields of Qayyarah blotted out the sun, reducing the late summer temperature significantly
An armoured Humvee races to the front lines, 15 km beyond Qayyarah. Fighting was intense, with ambulances speeding back from Jahala, one the west bank of the Tigris river
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An armoured Humvee races to the front lines, 15 km beyond Qayyarah. Fighting was intense, with ambulances speeding back from Jahala, one the west bank of the Tigris river
An Iraqi army officer keeps lookout
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An Iraqi army officer keeps lookout
The “Bridge of Nineveh Liberation”, a pontoon across to Jahala, which replaced the bridge destroyed by ISIL
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The “Bridge of Nineveh Liberation”, a pontoon across to Jahala, which replaced the bridge destroyed by ISIL
The village of Jahala
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The village of Jahala
Major Abu Shakr of the Hashd al-Watani militia. He commands over 600 men, who rotate into training delivered by the US army for two days each week
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Major Abu Shakr of the Hashd al-Watani militia. He commands over 600 men, who rotate into training delivered by the US army for two days each week
Saad, also a member of Hashd al-Watani, pause for a moment’s reflection
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Saad, also a member of Hashd al-Watani, pause for a moment’s reflection
Ahmed and his mother Fatha. Ahmed has multiple health concerns, alongside Down’s Syndrome. He cannot walk, and was smuggled out of Ganous in the boot of a car
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Ahmed and his mother Fatha. Ahmed has multiple health concerns, alongside Down’s Syndrome. He cannot walk, and was smuggled out of Ganous in the boot of a car
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