Sniper Overwatch

Mosul, Iraq

Musharrifah District

May 4, 2017

Faiz, an Iraqi Army medic and sniper, overwatches his fellow soldiers as they advance into Mosul.

Shortly after taking this photo, I took a turn providing overwatch.

While I watched my field of fire, I saw an ISIS fighter step out from cover with an RPG and shoot it at an Iraqi tank. He disappeared before I could take the shot. Luckily, he missed his target.

Thanks to brave men like Faiz, the Iraqi Army is pushing forward and winning.

JournalEphraim Mattos