Into West Mosul

Mosul, Iraq

Musharrifah District

May 4, 2017

The assault on Western Mosul kicked off this morning.

This wounded Iraqi soldier waits for a medevac while pinned down by sniper fire.

Just this morning more than a dozen soldiers have been wounded by ISIS defenders. The army is still pushing forward.

As I write this from cover during a lull in the fighting, I can see hundreds of women and children moving to safety. It's sobering and quite moving.

These men are paying the sacrifice for the freedom of their oppressed countrymen.