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It’s 7am at Qarraya military base in northern Iraq, and a convoy is headling for the frontline. The men’s mission is to liberate two villages and advance 6 km towards Iraq’s second city.
The column stops in the last village before IS-group held territory. The soldiers are tense, the area was recaptured the day before and it isn’t safe.
General Haydar Yousseff, Head of the Rapid Response Unit of the Federal Police, says he expects “to run into some heavy resistance. There are over 150 Daesh fighters in the area that we are attacking. We’re expecting car bombs and mines.”