Black skies of Mosul

Oil wells torched by Islamic State surround the besieged city of Mosul. [15 photos total]

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Tribal fighters walk as fire and smoke rises from oil wells, set ablaze by Islamic State militants before IS militants fled the oil-producing region of Qayyara, Iraq. (REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani) #
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Smoke rises from oil wells, set ablaze by Islamic State militants before fleeing the oil-producing region of Qayyara. (REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani) #
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Armed members of Shi'ite militia Hashid Shaabi ride a motorbike near Qayyara, south of Mosul. Smoke in the background is from burning oilfields set ablazed by Islamic State fighters. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic) #
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A man returns to his village after it was liberated from Islamic State militants, south of Mosul in Qayyara. (REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani) #
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Smoke rises from oil wells, set ablaze by Islamic State militants before fleeing the oil-producing region of Qayyara. (REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani) #
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Smoke rises from oil wells, set ablaze by Islamic State militants before fleeing the oil-producing region of Qayyara. (REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani) #
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Smoke rises from oil wells, set ablaze by Islamic State militants before fleeing the oil-producing region of Qayyara. (REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani) #
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A newly displaced woman runs after she jumped over a back wall and rushed to grab humanitarian packages, as smoke rises from a burning oil refinery at a processing centre in Qayyara. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra) #
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An Iraqi soldier stands next to detained men accused of being Islamic State fighters, at a check point in Qayyara, south of Mosul. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic) #
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Civilians return to their village after it was liberated from Islamic State militants, south of Mosul. (REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani) #
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People stand at a check point outside Qayyara, south of Mosul. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic) #
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Smoke rises from oil wells, set ablaze by Islamic State militants before fleeing the oil-producing region of Qayyara. (REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani) #
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Girls are reflected in oil as they walk near smoke rising from oil wells, set ablaze by Islamic State militants before IS militants fled the oil-producing region of Qayyara. (REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani) #
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A newly displaced girl holds a bottle as she walks near a check point in Qayyara, east of Mosul. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic) #
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A newly displaced boy cries as an Iraqi soldier loads him onto a truck at check point in Qayyara, east of Mosul. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic) #

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